Changes over time in the Langholm Common Riding


Billy Young interviewed by Mairi Telford-Jammeh on 3 March 2013, in Langholm.Interviewed: 3 March 2013.
Ref: DG3-4-1-2
© European Ethnological Research Centre, 2016.

Billy recalls how the the Langholm Common Riding has chnaged over time.

MT-J: Can you tell me…do you think Billy that the same way that the common riding is now has it changed over the years or do you think it’s more or less been the same?

BY: It’s incredibly traditional, there is no commercial side to the common riding…to Langholm common riding. Dare I say there’s not the cheap trappings that some Border festivals have. There’s no bungee jumps there’s no fancy dress parades anything like that it’s extremely traditional. It has changed slightly, but only because it’s became so massive. For instance, they used to ride round [?] which was Ashley Bank Lodge, that disappeared when they built Ashley Bank Lodge so that boundary of Langholm common disappeared. But people are very very determined to keep it the way it’s always been…it’s ay been, so if anything was suggested which would break with this tradition it would meet with a very violent response from the people of Langholm.

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