Film ID:
NEFA 22216

TODAY AT SIX: MORPETH BOUNDARY RIDING

1975

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Description

Tyne Tees Television Today at Six report on the old tradition of 'Riding the Boundaries' in Morpeth, Northumberland. Locals start out from the town centre and drinks are served at the boundary field. There's an interview with Bob Rutherford that alludes to the state of the participants after a few 'stop offs' for drinks. This news item was first broadcast on 24 April 1975.

The Morpeth Pipe Band leads a big crowd of around 140 riders, including children, down Newgate Street in Morpeth town centre at the start of the traditional boundary ride, or ‘beating’ the bounds. The Chairman of the Boundary Ride Trustees, a former Hussars horseman Chief Marshall, Bob Rutherford is at the head of the riders. The horses trot down a back lane. The band and riders arrive on the common where drinks are served. The riders set off again. And arrive back at the town for more drinks. A man feeds his horse drink from a bottle. A band member feeds a stabled cow beer from his glass. The horses’ rumps are steaming in the cold.

Interview with Bob Rutherford that alludes to the state of the participants (a little tiddly perhaps) after a few 'stop offs' for drinks. He admits, with a smile, that people might fall off their horses, but it’s not due to the ‘stop-offs’, but rather that they are novices.