One of the original Border Common Ridings and there is a reference to a ceremony in Town Council minutes of 1686.
Best view for Rideouts – The best viewing areas will be anywhere in the town centre, butthe Golf Course is highly recommended. Alternatively, take the B6362 [Stow Road] to the ‘Waterin’ Stane’ at the top of the hill.
HistorySports, parades, dances and concerts precede the main events on the Saturday when the Cornet receives the Burgh Flag at the Tollbooth. He leads the mounted cavalcade to the Watering Stane and onto the Burgess Cairn, the only boundary stone still in existence. The proceedings conclude with a ceremony at the War Memorial and the return of the flag, with games and horse events in the afternoon.