Anglers have their day at the Don

Piper Peter Lobban, Stuart Watson, Steve Corsar, Raymond Bissett and Provost Hamish Vernal.
Piper Peter Lobban, Stuart Watson, Steve Corsar, Raymond Bissett and Provost Hamish Vernal.

The severe flooding in parts of the Garioch earlier in the year was referred to at the recent opening of the fishing season on the River Don.

The day started with a gathering of members of Inverurie Angling Association at the Kintore Arms.

Young anglers Rhona and Charlie Bomphray join some of the experienced rods on opening day.

Young anglers Rhona and Charlie Bomphray join some of the experienced rods on opening day.

Piper Peter Lobban then led the anglers on the traditional March to the Don. At the river, Aberdeeshire provost Hamish Vernal opened proceedings by welcoming everyone and this year making reference to the January flooding, which was a match for the Great Flood of 1829. In glorious sunshine the river looked in good condition despite the affected embankments and the obvious changes in the sandbanks. Local Rotarian Stuart Watson conducted the blessing of the river using the Glen Garioch to toast the season opening. As he has done for the past nine years, former provost Raymond Bissett read one of his bespoke poems for the event and angler Ralph Green made the first cast and indeed had the first catch within a few minutes, which was immediately returned to the river.

Local Councillor Richard Cowling said he hoped that the angling associations of both Kintore and Inverurie would take on responsibility for managing the fishings, adding that they were the best people to preserve and promote the sport locally. IAA president Steve Corsar thanked everyone for attending and for their various contributions, and wished everyone well for the season.