Whipman 2015

Whipman 2015 - Ryan Stewart
Whipman 2015 – Ryan Stewart

Ryan was born in West Linton and has lived there all his life. He attended West Linton Primary School and Peebles High School. From a young age he played football for Eskmills in Penicuik but left his football career behind and took up rugby. He now plays for Peebles RFC. Even though rugby has taken over from football, he still loves supporting Hibernian and praying one day they will win the Scottish Cup!

Ryan has had his fair share of jobs in West Linton – a paper boy at Shaz’s, a kitchen porter at The Old Bakehouse – and he is now a full time apprentice at Howdens Joinery in Penicuik.
He is proud to be riding alongside his mum and dad, and to be one of the youngest people to be Whipman to date. He is really looking forward to the summer ahead.

Whipman's Lass 2015 - Rebecca Murison
Whipman’s Lass 2015 – Rebecca Murison

Rebecca was born in Edinburgh and moved to Innerleithen when she was 7. She attended St. Ronan’s Primary School and Peebles High School and is currently studying for her English Higher. Rebecca then hopes to take up a Business HND at Borders College next year.

When she is not studying, Rebecca loves to cheer Ryan on at his rugby games – as long as it’s not raining or she’s not already out shopping!

Rebecca met Ryan for the first time at Whipman 2 years ago, and can’t believe he has been chosen to be Whipman: she is proud of him, and proud to be his Lass. She can’t wait for the summer to start.

Barony Herald 2015 - Cameron Willacy
Barony Herald 2015 – Cameron Willacy

Cameron is 12 years old and has lived his whole life in Romanno Bridge with his Mum (Gillian), Dad (Craig) and older brother Lewis.
His hobbies mostly revolve around motorsport whether it be watching it on tv, playing racing games or competing in Karting or Stock-car events.

He is currently the Raceland Cadet karting champion and he is moving into Ministox racing this year which he is really looking forward to. He also loves to play football with friends after school or at youth group. Cameron’s favourite subject at school is drama and he was picked for the main role in the Christmas play which he really enjoyed.

Flower Girl 2015 - Holly Thomson
Flower Girl 2015 – Holly Thomson

Holly is four and a half and lives in West Linton with her Mummy, Daddy and younger brother Harris. She attends West Linton Pre-School where she really enjoys playing with her friends, going to gym and learning Spanish. Holly also attends Farmhouse Nursery two afternoons per week where she loves playing outdoors and going on long walks.

Holly adores dancing, singing, helping in the kitchen, playing outdoors and swimming. Best of all she loves playing hide and seek with her little brother Harris.

Holly is really looking forward to starting Primary School in August and was so excited when she was told that she had been chosen to be the Flower Girl for this year’s Whipman Play.

Presenting Lady 2015 - Sheila Black
Presenting Lady 2015 – Sheila Black

Bill and Sheila came to West Linton to the Gordon Arms Garage in 1959. From 1960 they were involved with the Whipman, first with cars for “The Lasses” and then in various capacities. They have two children, Janelle who took part in many Rideouts and was a Steward for many years and Jamie, who incidentally was Barony Herald in 1975. Sheila and Bill have two Grandsons, Jamie and Matthew.

Sheila has been involved in numerous organisations over the years such as the Red Cross, Church Guild, Historical Society, SWRI, Luncheon Club and also drove for Arthritis Care. Sheila also coached badminton and served for 9 years on the Community Council. Sheila was a teacher in both West Linton and Penicuik Schools.

Sheila was very honoured to be asked to be Presenting Lady.