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Hawick, Scottish Borders, UK. 29th May 2018. Riders and horses of the Borders town of Hawick ride out to Mosspaul on the Dumfries and Galloway March. The Mosspaul ride takes place twice, traditionally to allow those working the famous Hawick textile mills in shift patterns to take part. The Common Ridings celebrates the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick at a place called Hornshole and the ancient custom of riding the marches or boundaries of the common land.