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Hunter & Lass 2014

Saturday 24 May to Saturday 31 May

It’s that time of year again, so don the Summer clothing, grab your friends and family and head on down to celebrate Penicuik’s busiest day of year. What else but Hunter & Lass, Penicuik on Parade and Penicuik in the Park.

Our guide to your week starts here whilst continued coverage is available in the News or Events sections of our website. Of course you can join us on Facebook or Twitter for extra news as well.

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The Hunter & The Lass 2014


HL Craig SmallThe Hunter – Craig Cherrie

I was born in Edinburgh on the 25th of February 1971. My mum and dad, Rita and David brought me and my younger sister Gail up in Loanhead where I attended St Margaret’s Primary school then on to St David’s High School in Dalkeith. One of my fondest memories of my younger years is taking part in the Loanhead gala day.

I have worked in travel since leaving school and am currently working for Barrhead Travel in Cameron Toll.

Having moved from Loanhead to live in Edinburgh, it was 2007 that found me moving to where I now class as my home town, Penicuik.

I am a keen horse rider and have taken part in various shows/dressage competitions with my horse Murphy. I also love going to the gym and keeping fit and recently took up running. I now have four half marathons under my belt.

I have followed and supported Penicuik Hunter and Lass for over 20 years, taking part in every Tuesday night and Saturday ride since 2002. To be chosen as this year’s Hunter fills me with pride and I will be honoured to represent Penicuik both at home and around our neighbouring border towns. I have a feeling this summer will be one that I will never forget and I can’t wait for it to begin.


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The Lass – Lisa Henderson

I was born in Edinburgh on 4th May 1988 and have lived in Penicuik all my life with my mum Shirley and my big brother Mark.

I attended Mauricewood primary then Beeslack High School before leaving to pursue a career with animals. I studied at Edinburgh’s Telford College and Glasgow University Veterinary School and qualified as a veterinary nurse in December 2009. I trained and was employed in a busy mixed practice, ICR Butt & Partners in Loanhead until November 2013 when I started my dream job working solely with horses at Edinburgh Dick Vet University Hospital, where I am due to start studying towards my qualification to become a specialist equine veterinary nurse. In my free time I have a busy social life; I enjoy keeping fit, especially running, spending time with my ponies and walking the legs off my 3 dogs. I am a member of Glencorse pipe band and have played the bagpipes since 2000 and have enjoyed many fun days and trips abroad with the band over the years.

Hunter and Lass has always been a huge part of my life, having done my first Penicuik ride out at 10 years old and obtaining the youngest rider award two years running, then best turned out horse and rider the following year. Since my first ever ride out my dream has always been to be Penicuik’s Hunters lass one day and I am thrilled and honoured that 2014 will be my year. Also to represent the town with such a close friend by my side will make it extra special.

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The Calendar of Events

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Saturday 24 May

Family Bike Ride

Assemble 11:30AM at Beeslack CHS Car Park

Penicuik’s Got Talent

Talent Show Final – Town Hall – 6PM


Tuesday 27 May

Midweek Rideout

Leaves Storezone’s Yard, Eastfield Drive – 6:30PM

Returns Returns Penicuik Town Centre – 8:30PM

In addition, the Hunter & Lass will visit Primary Schools an Nurseries


Friday 30 May

Hunter’s Ball – 7:30PM

Hunter & Lass judge Best Dressed Window Competition

Hunter & Lass visit residents of Cowan House and Broomhill Day Centre

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Sunday 25 May

Custom & Classic Car Show

Assemble 11:30AM – A.F Noble Subaru Service Centre

Penicuik Tennis Club Tournament

Official party in attendance – 1PM


Wednesday 28 May

Pram Race

Assemble 7PM Pentland House Car Park

Starts 7:30PM Outside Cuiken Inn

Route: See Map Below

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Monday 26 May

Ladies Football Competition

Penicuik Athletic Cup – 7PM – Public Park

In addition, the Hunter & Lass will visit Primary Schools an Nurseries

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Thursday 29 May

Hunter & Lass Installation – Penicuik Town Hall – 6:45PM

Dance Point Studio School of Dance – Penicuik & District Pipe Band – Penicuik Silver Band – McAuley/Haughey School of Irish Dance

Installation of new Hunter & Lass – 7:30PM

Sashing of Craig Cherrie and Lisa Henderson, speeches and Bussing/Casting of the Colours


Route Map – Pram Race – Wednesday 28 May


Saturday 31 May

It’s the most anticipated day of the calendar and this year it falls as late as possible

Hunter & Lass Events

8:30AM – The Rideout – Hunter & Lass arrive at the Town Hall

8:50AM – The Hunter signals the start of the Rideout with two blasts on the horn from the Town Hall Balcony

The Cavalcade then leaves the High Street for Penicuik House

9:30AM – Horn Blowing Ceremony at Penicuik House by invitation of Sir Robert and Lady Clerk

9:45AM – Cavalcade leaves Penicuik House for the ride across the Pentland Hills

1:15PM – Cavalcade leaves House O’Muir to join Penicuik on Parade at Eastfield

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Penicuik on Parade 2014

 It’s the thirtieth annual Penicuik on Parade and it has now become a day when the whole town lines the streets to see the talent of the local community.

Here’s a Route Map for those new to the day (You may need to drag Northwards until you see the green flag, follow the blue line for the route):

The Timings

11AM – Floats and entries start to assemble in the “link” road between Eastfield Drive and Eastfield Farm Road

12:30PM – Judging of Best Float starts

1:30PM – Parade leaves Eastfield Farm Road travelling onto Edinburgh Road ending on Wilson Street

You can expect, pipers, singers, dancers and Rugby players not forgetting the return of the Rideout led by this year’s Hunter and Lass.

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Penicuik in The Park

Organised by Penicuik Rotary

There will be the usual assortment of stalls, rides, bouncy castles, beer tents and general entertainment. The Lollipop Radio Roadshow will also be in attendance.

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Have fun, support your town but remember to drink responsibly. We’ll see you there!