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John and George are Lockerbie ROM leaders

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By Fiona Reid
John and George are Lockerbie ROM leaders

YEEEHAAAA . . . Lockerbie Gala and ROM's Cornet and Standard Bearer have been selected.

STANDARD BEARER . . . John Nisbet 

Geroge Forrest, this year’s Lockerbie Gala and ROM Cornet Elect, is looking forward to getting back in the saddle.

The 24-year-old works as a graduate surveyor at Ogilvy Chalmers and has dreamed of being Cornet from a young age.

After undergoing a masters and undergraduate degree and settling in his job, George now feels the time is right to represent Lockerbie and get back in the saddle.

He said: “It’s such an honour to be Cornet. I’m really looking forward to everything, from meeting my Lass to representing the town.

“My sister, Louise, was Cornet’s Lass in 2011 and I always wanted to follow in her footsteps. My good friend Kennie Little was Cornet in 2014 and I enjoyed supporting him too.”

He added: “I’m most excited about getting back on a horse. After years of university and working it will be amazing to get back to my roots.”

FORWARD LOCKERBIE . . . George Forrest of Meinfoot Farm is 2017 Cornet Elect
FORWARD LOCKERBIE . . . George Forrest is 2017 Cornet Elect

Meanwhile the Lockerbie Burgh Standard is in safe hands this year, thanks to a rider with 30 plus years experience.

For John Nisbet has been selected as the 2017 Lockerbie Gala and ROM Standard Bearer elect.

The HGV driver and owner of Phoenix Feeds Scotland, originally from Ayrshire, is delighted to play a
leading role in this year’s festivities.

Previously John has taken part in rideouts with the Chariot’s of Fire team, led by his late wife Amanda
Saville, and is looking forward to taking on the important title.

He said: “As someone who is not originally from the area, it means a lot to be selected.

“I’m looking forward to giving back to Lockerbie and honouring the ROM tradition.”

Now the duo need a Cornet’s Lass to help lead their cavalcade. Four ladies are in the running for the title of Lass and their fate will be decided at a town vote next Friday, March 10, at Lockerbie Town Hall from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Pick up a copy of the Annandale Herald and Moffat News – out today – to read up on the Cornet’s Lass nominees.



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