Published: 05/02/2018 09:00 - Updated: 31/01/2018 10:55

Ceremony planned for Spey opening

Opening of the River Spey
Piper Alan Sinclair on Aberlour's Penny Bridge.

THE official opening of the River Spey takes place next week when a bottle of whisky will be poured into its fast-flowing waters.

The 2018 Salmon Fishing Season will be officially launched on Monday, February 12 at 9am on Aberlour’s Penny Bridge by Moray’s Lord Lieutenant, Grenville Johnston.

The ceremony, organised by the Spey Fishery Board, will begin with the traditional pouring of a bottle of Aberlour 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the Spey.

Undertaking the honour is last year’s winner of the Spey Anniversary Quaich, Evelyn Glass. To complete the ceremony Reverend Bob Anderson will bless the river and Alan Sinclair will perform on the bagpipes.

Anglers are invited to attend the opening ceremony, before starting on their quest to catch their first Spring Salmon of the season.

To help celebrate the start of the new salmon fishing season, drams of Aberlour 16 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, samples of Walkers Shortbread and hot drinks supplied by Aberlour Bespoke Catering will be offered during the opening ceremony.

The official competition rules can be found on the Spey Fishery Board website.

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