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2023 Kelso Civic Week
Kelso Principals

Left Hand Man

Mark Henderson


2023 Kelso Laddie

Andrew Thomson

Right Hand Man

Callum Davidson


Lady Bussers from Broomland's Primary

Paige Nairn and Mia Aldred

Lady Bussers from Edenside Primary

Lily Currie and Skye Ayton

25 years! I think when every Ex-Kelso Laddie gets to this landmark he just can’t quite believe how fast the time has gone, and it is true! It has quite simply gone way too fast but it has left me with some fantastic memories. After being declared on the 17th April 1998, I then went on to the Declaration Nights of the other Border towns where I now know I was going to meet friends that would be friends for a lifetime and enjoy many fun times with them together throughout the year.

Such as being in the Hut at Hawick singing my heart out, riding up to the Three Brethren at Selkirk, being in Melrose in that fantastic Abbey where so much Scottish history has taken place, riding up Scott Street
in Gala in the pouring rain but still seeing so many people out cheering, Stob Stanes ride out up at Yetholm, I enjoyed very much being given the opportunity to ride out into the magnificent Cheviot hills, being at Jethart Ball to all hours of the morning just before Kelso Civic Week started, riding to the water stone at Lauder before finishing what can only be described as a fantastic year by riding up Flodden field during the Coldstream Week.

Finally to Andrew our Kelso Laddie for 2023, stay relaxed enjoy

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1998 Kelso Laddie - Craig Scott


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As I look forward to my Golden Jubilee it does not seem like 50 years ago
since I was elected Kelso Laddie for 1973.
I must admit I did not have much to do with Civic Week until Jimmy Hinnigan
was elected Kelso Laddie in 1971. Jimmy and I worked together for M & J
Ballantyne and that’s when I started horse riding. I followed him on my first
ride to Yetholm and I really enjoyed the experience and then followed Derek
Hall the next year.

Congratulations to this years Kelso Laddie Andrew Thomson and Silver Jubilee
Laddie Craig Scott. Hope you all have a great summer!

Read more from our Jubilee Laddies in this year's Kelso Civic Week Brochure

1973 Kelso Laddie - Michael Tait

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The Official Kelso Civic Week Brochure is now on sale.

£5 a copy

Available to purchase from:

Swans Shoes, Bridge Street

Hector Innes Photography, The Square

Seasons Kelso, Roxburgh Street

Gorgeous Hair & Beauty Salon, Horsemarket

WHSmith, Horsemarket

Brown Newsagents & Kelso Post Office, Woodmarket

Kelso Swimming Pool, Kelso Live Borders, Inch Road

Inside you will find all information for this years Civic Week

alongside stories and photos from previous years and much more.

Not forgetting money off vouchers for Slaters Showtime Funfair's

who have been great supporters of our week for many decades.

All proceeds going towards the running of Civic Week.

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