Plans to resurrect Riding of the Marches

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Plans are ‘ahoof’ to revive the Riding of the Marches in Wigtown in time for next year’s community festival.

Former community councillor Andrew Wilson has consulted with equestrian organisations in the area and found many ‘horsey’ people he spoke to were enthusiastic about the idea.

Members of the Wigtown Community Council at their meeting on Monday said they were keen to be kept in the loop about progress on this. If the Riding of the Marches was successfully resurrected, the committee would hope to hold it on the third Sunday in July.

The big switch on of the Wigtown Christmas lights is pencilled in for Saturday, November 29. Community councillors will now work with local contractors to get the tree and the lights in place over the next two weekends. The switch on will tie in with the town’s Christmas Kist festival.

Mid Galloway elected member Jim McColm told the meeting that the Wigtown Common Good Fund had received a cash boost of £5800 from the Beddie Fund, swelling the coffers in that account to around £15,000.

Wigtown Community Councillor convenor Nick Walker said there had been “very positive feedback” to the members after a turnout of around 200 townspeople at the poppy wreath laying ceremony on Remembrance Sunday.