Lauder is proud to be one of the original Border Common Ridings, with references to the festival dating back to the 1600s.
The Common Riding was discontinued in the mid 1800s before being reinstated in 1911. Since then it's gone from strength to strength and now takes pride of place in the Lauderdale calendar each year.
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ANNOUNCEMENT (23rd March 2020)
The Lauder Common Riding Committee have discussed the 2020 Common Riding in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is now a public health issue and on Friday afternoon, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Borders Council advised the Committee that while decisions to hold events must always be the responsibility of the individual event organisers, at this time the Council’s clear advice was that we should cancel our event.
Lauder Common Riding Committee first and foremost must ensure the safety of all those participating in its events. With the unanimous backing of the Committee, and in the interests of the Community we have agreed that Lauder Common Riding 2020 cannot proceed under current conditions.
We will not elect our Cornet in May. It would be unfair on that individual given events across the Borders will also be severely curtailed.
It may be that, as long as the crisis has passed, that we will be able to come together as a community in some way to celebrate our ancient traditions. We remain fully committed to fulfilling our historical obligations of checking the Burgh boundaries at an appropriate time, appropriate manner, if and when circumstances permit.
We hope that this decision will have the backing of the people of the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Lauder.
We would also like to extend an offer to the community in that if there is any way we can help individuals or associations during the current crisis, please just ask.
Chairman – Lauder Common Riding Committee