WATCH: New salmon season begins on the Tweed

A traditional blessing to mark the start of the salmon fishing season on the River Tweed was held at Pedwell Landing in Norham on Sunday.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 3rd February 2015, 3:41 pm
Annual blessing of the Tweed by Rev Rob Kelsey at Pedwell Landing, Norham. Marking the start of the salmon fishing season
Annual blessing of the Tweed by Rev Rob Kelsey at Pedwell Landing, Norham. Marking the start of the salmon fishing season

The Pedwell Landing is one of many sites along the River Tweed where, for about a thousand years, net fishing for salmon was a major part of the local economy, until its demise in the 1980s.

In the past, the Vicar of Norham said prayers of blessing at midnight at the start of the new salmon fishing season on February 1.

Part of the tradition was that, if a fish was caught during the first casting of the nets, then it was given to the Vicar!

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Annual blessing of the Tweed by Rev Rob Kelsey at Pedwell Landing, Norham. Marking the start of the salmon fishing season

The tradition was restarted four years ago, at the instigation of a local fisherman.