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‘Landmark’ angling day on River Tay as season opens

Anglers will take to the River Tay this week for the traditional opening of the salmon season.

Ceremonies will take place on Thursday at Kenmore, Dunkeld and Meikleour.

Anglers and wellwishers from all over Scotland will gather in The Square in Kenmore at 8.30am before Provost Liz Grant leads the march of the Vale of Atholl Junior Pipe Band to the banks of the Tay to carry out the blessing of the boat.

Ghillie Stuart Matheson will then make the first cast of the day to herald the official opening.

At Dunkeld, angling broadcaster and actor Paul Young will mark the opening of the salmon fishing season officially by making the first cast of the year at the 
Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel at 9.30am.

At the beat at Meikleour, the opening of the fishing will include the christening of new boat Lady Violet at about 9.30am. The boat was built by John Ferguson, a master craftsman from Stanley.

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