THE principals have been announced for this year’s St Ronan’s Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies.

Aaron Glendinning and Grace Turnbull have been given leading roles for the festivities in Innerleithen. Aaron, a P7 pupil at St Ronan’s Primary School, was revealed as the Dux Boy at a ceremony on Friday.

And the youngster, who lives in Montgomery Street with his family, will have many duties to perform during the celebrations.

He told us that he was “shocked, but absolutely delighted” at being chosen and said he was greatly looking forward to the summer.

Meanwhile, Grace Turnbull, also in Primary 7, was selected as Dux Girl and will also play a leading role in the Ceremonies.

She lives in St Ronan’s Terrace with her family, and said she was “surprised and proud” to be picked.

Both Grace and Aaron are keen runners and they also plan to participate in the 192nd anniversary of the Games when they take place on Saturday July 20. Joining the Duxes as representatives of the school this year will be Lantern Bearer Struan Coltman (Primary 2) as well as Monks and Sash Girls from Primary 3 upwards:

P3 – Sash Girls: Erin Lunn and Hannah O’Hare. Monks: Joe Campbell and Robbie Turner.

P4 – Sash Girls: Lara Moncrieff and Brooke Tokely. Monks: Johnny Birks and Thomas Philip.

P5 – Sash Girls: Skye Connor and Rowan Rychel. Monks: Oliver Banka and Stuart Whiteford.

P6 – Sash Girls: Moya McLaughlin and Isla Reid. Monks: George Brydon and Alexander McNeil.

P7 – Sash Girls: Milly Pringle and Eve Rathie. Monks: Arran Grandison and Oliver Kennedy.

The announcements were made by headteacher Keith Belleville at a special assembly which was attended by Standard Bearer Elect Ronan Caine, his Lass Caitlin Urquhart along with their supporters, Games treasurer Norman Scott and Games ceremonial convener John Robertson.

Following the short gathering, every pupil in the school was treated to lunch and Caldwell’s ice cream, which was donated by the Parent-Teacher Association.

Games Week gets under way on Saturday, July 13, and runs until Saturday, July 20, with various events for all age groups.

Photos by Ian Linton