Author fishes for angling memorabilia

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PEOPLE with memories and photographs of Yorkshire’s premier salmon river are being invited to contribute to a new book celebrating 150 years of The Esk Fishery Association.

Former secretary Keith Bristow is planning a sequel to a book written by Dr Thomas English, which covered the key events and personalities from the association’s inception in 1864 until 1925.

Mr Bristow hopes to publish his in time for the 150th anniversary dinner in August next year.

The association, which currently has 75 members, was formed after a meeting at the Angel Hotel in Whitby, chaired by the Marquess of Normanby. This followed an Act of Parliament promoting the increase of salmon in rivers. The Marquess, a local landowner, said he was not aware of salmon ever being caught in the river.

Members brought eggs down from the River Tees and in 1872 the distinction of catching the first salmon went to the Reverend Philpott.

Anyone wanting to contribute can call 01377 288294.