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Duns Summer Festival

Instituted in 1949 to commemorate the town‘s history and traditions in a week of sports, concerts, rideouts and parades.

The Duns Summer Festival will be taking place on Sunday 6th of July until Saturday 12th of July.

The Duns Summer Festival has rideouts all week for different ability of riders however the main ride is on Saturday 12th July. It leaves Duns at 9:00 and heads to the bridge at The Knock just outside Duns and the main viewing point is to see the Reivers Part galloping up Cockburn Hill with the Reiver carrying the standard.

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History

On Monday night the Burgh Flag is handed to the Reiver for safekeeping. The next evening, he leads his mounted followers to the summit of Duns Law for a short service. Here in 1639 General Leslie’s covenanting army encamped to oppose Charles I who was preparing to cross the River Tweed and enforce a form of religion which the Scots found unacceptable. Wednesday is children‘s day in the Public Park. Friday sees the traditional game of “handba”, played between the married men and bachelors of the town. The final ceremonies on the next day include the Riding of the Parish Bounds, athletics and a fancy dress.

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