The story of Fletcher, our marque

DC Dalgliesh's marque honours Selkirk's lone banner-bearer, Fletcher, whose bravery is celebrated at the climax of the annual Common Riding, the highlight of our local calendar.

It commemorates 1513, when most of Selkirk's men fought and died at the battle of Flodden. Fletcher, a weaver, returned alone, carrying a captured English banner.

These images are from 2013, the 500th anniversary.

Cryin' o' the Burley

The evening before

 

Cryin' o' the Burley

 

The names of this year's Standard Bearer and "Burley" attendants are ceremonially announced all over the town

 

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Rouse Parade

0400h

 

Rouse Parade

 

The Flute Band plays through town, waking the people, visiting the Standard Bearer and Provost to rouse them

 

Act of Remembrance

0530h

 

Act of Remembrance

 

Ex-servicemen gather at Selkirk War Memorial

 

First Drum

0600h

 

First Drum

 

The Silver Band plays around the town

 

Exiles' Song

0615h

 

Exiles' Song

 

"Her Bright Smile" is sung communally at the County Hotel

 

Foot Procession

0630h

 

Foot Procession

 

Led by the Provost, the crowd walks to Victoria Halls, while the horse Riders assemble in Back Row

 

Installation of Standard Bearer

0645h

 

Installation of Standard Bearer

 

This year's Standard Bearer is appointed, and the Bussin' of the Royal Burgh Flag ceremony takes place on the balcony, charging him to keep it "safe oot, safe in"

 

Procession to Market Place

0655h

 

Procession to Market Place

 

The crowd marches back to Market Place, followed by around 600 horse riders, making this one of Europe's largest equestrian events

 

Second Drum

0700h

 

Second Drum

 

The procession moves off 'Doon the Green'

 

Riders ford River Ettrick

0730h

 

Riders ford River Ettrick

 

The horse procession crosses the river out of town, on their way to mark the boundaries of the town's lands

 

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Procession re-forms in Market Place

0900h

 

Procession re-forms in Market Place

 

After a chance to rest and exchange gossip, the crowds re-assemble in the town centre

 

At the Toll

0920h

 

At the Toll

 

Community singing is led by the Brass and Silver bands

 

Coming in of the Burley

0940h

 

Coming in of the Burley

 

The riders return

 

Procession re-forms

1015h

 

Procession re-forms

 

The crowd regroups and processes along the main street, to gather in Market Place

 

Casting of the Colours

1100h

 

Casting of the Colours

 

The highlight of the day (or year) when the 'colours' (flags) of each traditional trade are displayed in turn

 

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Two Minutes Silence

1110h

 

Two Minutes Silence

 

A solemn moment of reflection

 

The Return of the Burgh flag

1115h

 

The Crafts pay homage

 

Once the Burgh Flag is returned "unsullied and untarnished" for another year, representatives of each traditional Craft pay homage to those who fell in the wars.