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What is Kelso Civic Week?


The low down on Kelso Civic Week, its place in the local community and what’s on during Civic Week 2015.


Fraser Hastie Kelso Laddie 2015

Fraser Hastie Kelso Laddie 2015


1. Kelso Civic Week has been a fixture in the Scottish Borders since 1937. The main ceremonial event, The Colour Bussing, is still held each year in the centre of the Town Square


2. The week includes a number of ‘rides’ to surrounding towns and villages led by the Kelso Laddie that commemorate the struggle of locals to protect their common lands during the continual land wars and reiving (theft – mainly of cattle) across the Scotland/England border


3. The official ride is to Yetholm on Saturday 18th July, this ride crosses the border into England before arriving in Yetholm


4. Over 200 riders are expected to take part in the ride and the Kelso Laddie will be presented with a blue bonnet for crossing the border


5. The first Kelso Civic Week included a ceremony at the War Memorial to commemorate the 42 men of Kelso who fell Gallipoli. A wreath has been laid at the War Memorial every year since and 2015 marks the 100th year anniversary since the Battle of Gallipoli


6. This year’s Kelso Laddie, Fraser Hastie won’t be short of advice on the responsibilities of Office. Both his father, Neil Hastie (1981) and his Great Uncle, Arthur Hastie (1959) were Kelso Laddies. Judging by the big handsome grin on Fraser’s face he’s quite pleased to be carrying on the family tradition


7. There have been 72 Kelso Laddies including Archie Hume’s father, Jock Hume, back in 1953


8. The only year since 1937 there has been no Kelso Laddie was 2001 due to Foot & Mouth


9. As well as the rides and ceremonial elements Kelso Civic week hosts a festival of sport and family events, this year’s Civic Week includes tennis and football competitions, a 10K run, a children’s fancy dress party, Family Day at Shedden Park and a whole host of sporting and social events. The Full programme is listed on the Kelso Community Council Facebook page


10. The social highlight of the week is the Kelso Civic Week Ball on Thursday 16th July


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