Fishing enthusiasts hooked at Hawick Angling Club dinner

Hawick Angling Club president French Wight, guests and entertainers at last Friday night's dinner.
Hawick Angling Club president French Wight, guests and entertainers at last Friday night's dinner.

Hawick Angling Club held its annual dinner in the clubrooms last Friday night when around 50 members, guests and entertainers enjoyed an excellent evening under the chairmanship of club president French Wight, writes Jason Marshall.

Proposing the toast to ‘The Gentle Art,’ international angler Ronnie Glass, of Kelso, talked of his passion for competition fishing which saw him qualify at the first attempt for the Scottish team, although once at that level he realised he had “a lot to learn”.

Ronnie went on to tell the audience of his “amazing habit” of landing a fish with his last cast, and recalled the year he won “the national”, when he faced elimination in the first round, only to pick up a fish with his final cast.

A regular Tweed fisher, Ronnie said it broke his heart when he looked back on all his nights fishing on the Teviot in the 70s and 80s. “They just don’t happen anymore,” he lamented. The fishing had, however, been “absolutely amazing” on the Tweed over the last couple of years, and Ronnie concluded by recommending that the Hawick anglers “treat themselves” to a May day or June evening on the Tweed.

Earlier in the night, life memberships were presented to Andrew Shankie who was on the committee for 20 years, during which time he worked hard to encourage youngsters to take up the sport; and to Kenny McCartney, who was club president for 13 years and is a current committee member. “It is because of people like Kenny and Andrew that Hawick Angling Club is the strong club that it is today,” remarked president Wight.

Club secretary Drew Dickson’s toast to ‘Our Guests’ was delivered in amusing fashion by club secretary Drew Dickson, while Bernie Armstrong, a regular entertainer at the function but a top-table guest this year, replied in a similarly humorous vein. Angling Club vice-president Rob Kohler gave the vote of thanks.

The speeches were interspersed by some first class entertainment courtesy of Joyce Tinlin, Derek Inglis, Michael Aitken and Drew Gibb, all of whom were in great form.

Debbie Brown and her catering staff served up a delicious meal, and the guests were kept well watered by croupier and committee member Iain Oliver.