A LARGE gathering of anglers assembled on the banks of the River Don on Saturday to mark the start of the angling season in the traditional fashion.
Following a breakfast assembly at the Kintore Arms, Inverurie, the anglers along with Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster and the Reverend Graeme Longmuir, were led in procession to the Don by Piper Peter Lobban.
Local man Stewart Watson read a self penned poem on the Don and its fishing, followed by the traditional Blessing of of the River carried out by the Reverend Longmuir.
Provost Webster then addressed the gathering on the importance of fishing to Aberdeenshire as whole, highlighting the benefits from tourism attracted to the excellent sport on the Don and the other Aberdeenshire rivers. Port Elphinstone P5 pupil Rhona Bomphrey presented the Provost with a bouquet to mark the occasion.
There was humour when, having promised the angler who caught the first salmon within an hour of the first cast a bottle of malt, the Reverend Longmuir was relieved when the first fish landed after just 15 minutes turned out to be a rainbow trout!