The The Royal Company of Archers Shoot for the Edinburgh Arrow. This shoot goes back at least to 1709 when the Town Council presented the Edinburgh (Silver) Arrow to the Royal Company of Archers. It is recorded however that the first silver arrow was shot for in 1665 so the competition had been around for a lot longer. The event is a colourful and historic one. After the shoot the Lord Provost presents the arrow to the winner who puts it in his belt. After this there is a ceremonial procession to the Archers Hall in Buccleuch Street where a salute is taken. I remember this event from my childhood in Selkirk so it has a special meaning for me. It was always a big day in the town with large crowds turning out to see the spectacle.
It always strikes me that lots of people would enjoy this event and many like it in Edinburgh if only they knew it was on!