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Ride out kick starts Marches countdown

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Ride out kick starts Marches countdown

THIS year’s Annan Riding of the Marches got off to a great start on Wednesday with the first ride out.

Over 50 horses met at John Bell’s car park for the first major event for the new principals.

Setting off at 6.30 pm, the principals led the cavalcade on the long route.

The rain held off as the riders made their way to the shore and enjoyed a gallop along the sand.

The ride out took around two and a half hours to complete, covering an estimated ten miles.

The next event is the Firth ride out, starting at John Bell Field and with a stop at The Firth Hotel.

ONWARD . . . Annan riding of the marches got this year’s festivities underway with the first rideout on Wednesday evening
IN SAFE HANDS . . . the Kane family of Margaret, Tara and Adrian make their way onto the shore
WAVES AND SMILES . . . enjoying the evening 
CHECKING THE ROUTE . . . George Chalmers and his band of volunteers make sure it’s safe for the riders to go on the shore
GOOD TURNOUT . . . some of the many riders who joined the rideout on Wednesday evening

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