From left to right: Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of CHA, Stuart Thompson MBE, Convenor and Committee member of Annan Riding of the Marches
On 26th January 2022 Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of Cunninghame Housing Association, presented a cheque for £1,000 to Stuart Thompson MBE, convener and member of the voluntary committee for Annan Riding of the Marches.
Annan Riding of the Marches is one of the largest and oldest historic traditional ceremonies in Southwest Scotland dating back almost 700 years. It was documented that a ‘March Riding’ starting around 1680 was required to inspect landmarks such as crosses, cairns, streams, wells and to ensure they had not been removed or tampered with in any such way.
Now to present day, Annan Riding of the Marches still carries out the same task, where the event consists of a fortnight of cultural, ceremonial and community events, celebrating the tradition, which takes place in late June and early July with the culmination being the First Saturday in July – Marches Day.
The funding came from the Associations “Making Our Communities a Better Place Fund” which operates throughout the year (1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022) until the allocated funding is exhausted.
We are delighted to be supporting Annan Riding of the Marches and helping keep up with many years of tradition of the town. The Association wish the voluntary committee the best of luck with this year’s events which I am sure will prove to be as successful as previous years.
FRANK SWEENEY, CHA Chief Executive
Local Groups or individuals interested in finding our more about the Associations “Making Our Communities Better Places” Fund can do so by following the link below or downloading the application form.