Blessing of the nets at Paxton

THE ceremony of Blessing the Nets took place on the River Tweed last week.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 23rd June 2010, 11:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2010, 11:41 am

This ancient custom was originally performed annually at the start of the Salmon netting season (February 14) at Pedwell, Norham, a fishery probably worked for a millennium before it was closed in 1987.

For the last two years it has been conducted at Paxton by Rev Bill Landale, the parish minister, who read The Pedwell Prayer and the Hymn 'Oh God our Help in Ages Past' was sung.

By tradition the Vicar received the first fish landed in the net.

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This year it was a sea trout as the salmon are returned to the water under the catch and release policy operating on the river for June.

There are two opportunities to help pull in the nets at Paxton House, river levels permitting, at 5pm on July 15 and August 26 and visitors are welcome to watch at other times.

Smoked salmon will be available from the gift shop later in the year.