Hawick Moor

Hawick Moor, the Mair, St. Leonard’s Park. Known by many names (though officially St. Leonard’s), the Moor is arguably the central setting of the modern Common Riding. Since 1855 and 1868, respectively, Common Riding Friday and Saturday have both culminated in the arrival of the Cornet at the Moor’s racetrack. Hawick folk, and visitors from far afield congregate on the moorland and hillsides within and without the racetrack, to picnic, socialise, and watch the traditional arrival of the Cornet and his followers. Upon arrival on the Common Riding Friday, the Cornet, his Right- and Left-Hand Men, and his Acting Father (the “Big Fower”) race round the track. He then climbs atop the roof of the Committee Room, where he sets the Flag for the duration of the succeeding races – the most hotly contested, and heavily betted-upon being the ‘Tradesmen’s Handicap’. In recent times, local Primary School children run races around the track on the Friday morning, before the Cornet’s arrival. The Cornet traditionally leaves the Friday Moor at about 4pm, via the top-gate. Most people typically stay on Hawick Moor much longer, however, enjoying the live music, stalls, rides, and beer tents well into the night (provided the weather is good).