Edinburgh Riding of the Marches set for spectacular day
Takings its roots from the historical Common Ridings of Scotland, the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches returns to the cobbled streets of Edinburgh once again on Sunday 17th September 2017. The event is a re-enactment of the return of the Captain of the Trained Band (responsible for keeping order within the City) to Edinburgh, with the tragic news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden, 1513. The modern Edinburgh ride culminates with a historical finale of over 280 horses and 100 pipes and drums making a spectacular sight for spectators.
In fact, the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches is one of the city’s largest public events, attracting in the region of 20,000 spectators plus riders from all over the world. Starting at 9.30am with the traditional high-energy gallops through the stubble fields surrounding the city centre, the riders then continue their journey through Holyrood Park before finally making their way up the spectator lined Royal Mile.
Above: Edinburgh Captain Dean Smith and Edinburgh Lass Kiera Robertson
The cavalcade of horses will be led by ex-military Edinburgh Captain Dean Smith and Edinburgh Lass Kiera Robertson, supported by ex-Royal Marine, First Officer Alfie Cummings. This year the Rt. Hon. Frank Ross, the City of Edinburgh’s recently-appointed Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant, will be experiencing the spectacular event for the first time. Playing an active ceremonial role he will receive the City of Edinburgh Banner which will be returned to him by Edinburgh Captain Dean Smith. This concludes a symbolic tradition of inspecting the common land which dates back to at least 1494.
The event, now in its 9th year of modern-day revival, is joined by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) who are on board as Charity Partners to the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches this year. As the principal charity of the Royal Navy, RNRMC exists to support sailors, marines and their families, it works tirelessly to raise funds for projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today, distributing millions of pounds annually to military charities which care for children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Thousands of people are employed in Scotland with the Royal Navy; most notably recently the 3,000 people who were part of the recent build of the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth at Fife’s Rosyth Dockyard.
This year’s Edinburgh Riding of the Marches, which is organised entirely by a group of volunteers who work throughout the year to raise monies to fund the event, introduces additional acts to the Royal Mile spectacle. Starting at 12.45, these will include The Jacobites, a band famous for founding the Edinburgh Street Ceilidh and Riders of the Storm Stunt Team