Riding of the Marches 2016

The 'Turf Cutter'.
The ‘Turf Cutter’.
A visit to the local 'yarn bomb' display.
A visit to the local ‘yarn bomb’ display.
Some of the children enjoying our 'Riding of the Marches' board game.
Some of the children enjoying our ‘Riding of the Marches’ board game.
We have been learning about this very special custom, which occurs every 21 years. The project began with an interest in horses and how they were used in the past and now in the present. When the children heard that a special celebration will take place in July, called the Riding of the Marches, their interest grew. They have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the principles and the turf cutting stations and are able to discuss this with enthusiasm. On a daily basis, we hear them cry, “It’s a oor ain.” We would like to thank Mr Alan Williams, Halberdier in the ROTM 2016, and Grandad to two of our nursery children. He visited this week and (in Charlotte’s own words) told a great story about Musselburgh, explaining this very old custom and the reasons for protecting the boundaries of Musselburgh. The children were very excited to see the ‘Halberd’.
Mr Williams shows the 'Halberd', used to protect the Provost.
Mr Williams shows the ‘Halberd’, used to protect the Provost.

The Riding of the Marches Rosette.
The Riding of the Marches Rosette.

We have decorated our garden with ‘yarn bomb’ decorations of our own as part of our preparations for the upcoming event and are looking after the flowers we have planted to ensure our garden is beautiful for the celebration.
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The Halberdier is getting ready to guard the Provost.
The Halberdier is getting ready to guard the Provost.
The Turf Cutters Assistant
The Turf Cutters Assistant

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