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In Pictures: Horse riders take part in historic town festival

The first recorded Riding of the Marches took place in 1682.

Horse riders take part in the Riding of the Marches in Musselburgh, East Lothian (Jane Barlow/PA)
Horse riders take part in the Riding of the Marches in Musselburgh, East Lothian (Jane Barlow/PA)

Residents of Musselburgh in East Lothian have saddled up for a historic event held as part of the town festival.

The Riding of the Marches was first recorded in 1682 – although the true origins could go back much further, organisers say.

The event traditionally sees participants ride out to mark the town’s boundaries.

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(Jane Barlow/PA)
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(Jane Barlow/PA)
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(Jane Barlow/PA)
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(Jane Barlow/PA)

The town’s “Honest Lad” Aidan Maguire led the cavalcade of horse riders.

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(Jane Barlow/PA)
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(Jane Barlow/PA)
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(Jane Barlow/PA)

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