Hunt is on for the next Penicuik representatives

Former Hunter Craig Cherrie attempts to get a tune from the horn

Former Hunter Craig Cherrie attempts to get a tune from the horn

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Time is running out for nominations for this year’s Penicuik Hunter and Lass, with organisers appealing for more men to be put forward.

The application deadline is February 29, for this the 80th anniversary of the event.

Penicuik Hunter and Lass Committee chairman Derek Wilson revealed that they are looking for more men and women, particularly men, to be nominated this year.

He said: “We are not panicking yet, but we want to get this out there. It’s open to anyone over 18. It’s an opportunity to represent your town.

“You don’t need money. You don’t need to be able to ride a horse. We want to dispel those myths. It would be handy if you could drive though, as you are travelling.

“It is for a year but you move to right-hand and left-hand support. It’s a minimum of three years really. I have been involved for 30 years. I was Hunter in 1986. So my three-year commitment has been for 30 years. So I would like to think in that time I have put back into the community.

“You get so much out of it. The rewards are unbelievable. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You have got to go for it. It’s a chance to broaden your horizons.”

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