River Dee festival hailed a success

Pupils took part in an art competition with the theme of valley conservation
Pupils took part in an art competition with the theme of valley conservation

Organisers of the first festival to celebrate all aspects of the River Dee have declared it a success after hundreds of people took part in a range of events.

The Celebration of the Living River Festival was held at Banchory Lodge Hotel after the actor, singer and angler Robson Green opened the river’s salmon fishing season by blessing it with whisky and taking the ceremonial first cast.

Prizes and certificates were presented to North-east pupils taking part in the first major art competition on the theme of conservation in the valley.

Organisers, the River Dee Trust, thanked the many families who attended.

Chairman Sandy Bremner said: “It was great to see so many people of all ages, learning about the richness of our river and the efforts being made to help its threatened creatures - from our magnificent salmon, to the endangered freshwater pearl mussels.”

The trust reported overwhelming public support for its project announced recently to plant a million native trees over the next 15 years to help save salmon threatened by high summer temperatures in the upper river.