Soldiers swap rifles for rods at Raemoir charity fish...


Soldiers from HM The Queen’s Guard swapped rifles for rods last weekend as they took part in a charity fish hosted by Ramoir fishery.

The Banchory-based fishery hosted a competition last Saturday in aid of the ABF The soldiers charity the Army’s National Charity.

The proprietors of the Banchory fishery offered a BBQ to the fishers and their families and Lee Taylor, a Kincardine O Neil piper, welcomed the fishers in for lunch and a raffle and auction was also held.

Orvis in Banchory gifted two rod sets, David Littlewood of the Kildrummy Inn donated four rods on the Don, there was also fishing days on the Dee and the Tay up for grabs.

The fishermen donated over £5000 to ABF The Soldiers Charity.

The members from HM The Queens Guard there on the day were learning new skills, as most of them had never fished.

Five of the lads caught fish and proudly took their catch back to the Victoria Barracks in Ballater.

It was their hope that the chef would cook them up for supper.

Not only did the day raise funds for servicemen and women, veterans and their families, new friendships were made and an awareness for the charity was renewed with Raemoir agreeing to hold the event again, next year.

Catherine Robertson-Ross MBE, who works closely with the charity, said: ‘‘I would like to thank Tony, Monty and Ron for kindly agreeing to host the competition and also all the fisherman who took part.”