The Mayor and Mayoress of Carlisle, Brampton’s Mike and Anne Mitchelson, took part in a historic event.

Mike and Anne Mitchleson were amongst the guests on the stage at the historic Langholm Common Riding on Friday, July 29.

They witnessed the traditional ceremonies and inspection of ancient boundaries by a 140-strong cavalcade of horse and riders led by Cornet Ruairi Hotson and his right and left hand men Henry Jeffrey and Iain Little.

The Mayor and Mayoress met with David Mundell, the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, who was also in attendance.

There were record crowds, from both sides of the border, on the town’s streets as the celebrations, including sports and horse racing, returned after a two-year gap caused by the pandemic.

News and Star: Langholm Common Riding cavalcade passing the town centre stage.Langholm Common Riding cavalcade passing the town centre stage.

The Langholm Common Riding is one of many common ridings that are popular along the border of Scotland and England, particularly in southern Scotland, where horse riders ride out of their towns and along its borders to commemorate the practice from the 13th and 15th centuries, where there were frequent raids on the England-Scotland border – known as the Border Reivers.

It's a tradition for the Mayor of Carlisle to attend.

Mr Mitchelson said: "It was a great event to be part of.

"It's a true spectacle to see.

"It was a whole celebration for the Langholm community, and it's great to see it come back after two years of absence because of Covid."

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