The 2014 Golden Jubilee Cornet is Rob Brydon, son of Bill who ran the joiners business in Drumlanrig Square. Rob is from true Common-Riding family with his father also elected Cornet in 1935.
Back in 1964, Rob was ably supported by his Lass, the Late Sheila Deans, who was great company and a genuine lady. Sheila's father was "mine host" at the Victoria Hotel on the High Street and, if you were looking for Rob , you could usually find him in the kitchen where he enjoyed the role of "official food taster!"
Acting Father and Mother that year were Addie and Jessie Inglis. Addie was of course, official paianist for many yearsa and a great servant to our Common-Riding. Were he still with us, he would have been 100 years old at the 2014 Colour-Bussing.
Rob played rugby at the Greens for many years with a spell as Captain and played in the sevens team who won ten Sports on the bounce. He was picked for the Scottish trials but, unfortunately, illness prevented him from playing and his place was taken by Jim Telfer.
Now retired, Rob is Vice-Chairman of Hawick Community Council, he has served as Bailie and is a member of the Common-Riding Committee. At this time of year he can be seen pounding the pavements as official collector for the Tradesmen's Handicap before assuming his duty as conductor adn 'bouncer' on the Commitee bus during the big weekend..
Rob is a great lover of Hawick and always willing to do what he can to help the town. He is a real character with a pawkie sence of humour and we all wish him the best for his fifieth!.
As the Common-Riding approached twenty-five years ago. I felt slightly nerveous and more than a little apprehensive about the weeks which lay ahead.
The rideouts, for me got off to a great start as the first was to my local village. of Bonchester. This was made all the more special by the support of family and friends from the area who had turned out with some on foot and many on horeseback. I have to say some were better mounted than others and some better horsemen than others!.
There were many highlights during the Common-Riding week for both me and my lass, Gayle. The Colour-Bussing and the Ball were both very special and, of course, joining the privileged few entrusted to carry our ancient banner was a huge moment and a tremendous honour for me.
By the time the festivites had drawn to a close, I felt humbled by the sence of pride and support for both the Common-Riding and Cornet that runs through the whole community - from the primary school kids who couldn't wait to get away from school to the older members of the community who were every bit as passionate despite not being able to attend as many events as they would have liked.
I made friendships those twenty-five years ago that might never have happened had I not been lucky enough to be elected Hawick Cornet. It really was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget.
On Behalf of myself, my lass (and now wife) Gayle and my Acting Father and Mother, Robert and Anna, we would like to wish everyone a tremendouse Common-Riding .
- About the Common Riding
- Election of Cornet
- Congratulatory Smoker
- St Leonards Hut
- Exiles Night
- Colour Bussing
- The Moor
- Dinner & Ball
- Race Programme