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The long tradition of salmon netting on the Tweed, the one constant of Berwick’s history over the centuries, is being celebrated at the Watchtower Gallery in Tweedmouth, in an exhibition entitled ‘The Tweed & its Industries’, sponsored by Berwick Town Team.
You are greeted at the front steps by a netboat, with the net laid on ready to row the first shot and once inside an impressive array of photographs and paintings fills the walls. These include the stunning black and white images from Jim Walker’s book ‘A Wake for the Salmon?’; recording the working lives of the crews at fisheries around Berwick, Spittal and Tweedmouth shortly before the industry was reduced to a handful of men working in a few places, after most of the fisheries had been bought out and closed down in 1987.
The journey of the Salmon from the river to the table is captured in a series of photographs, amongst others, on show from the Berwick Archives. Numerous images have been collected from a variety of sources and the faces of generations of netsmen look out from the walls.
Other aspects of life on the Tweed in Berwick are touched upon; the herring industry, the shipyard, the sailing and rowing clubs, a display from the Tweed Mudlark and a recording of ‘The Tweed Near Berwick’ from the Wilson’s Tales project.
There is a short film (including archive footage and photos) of some of the net fisheries from Coldstream down to the estuary made by Castle Productions who are making a documentary about the Tweed Catchment and are looking for people with stories to tell or memories to share about living beside the river.
For those wanting to see the salmon netting only two fisheries remain. The one at Paxton House works with the Tweed Foundation catching fish to be tagged and released for its scientific research. The other, the only commercial fishery left of this once economically important industry, is Gardo, beside the old bridge in Tweedmouth, which fishes with the tides during the netting season in the summer.
The exhibition is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon till 4pm until 21st April.
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|Watchtower Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Museums and galleries)|
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Exhibition opening 18th March 2-5pm.
Thereafter, Exhibition open Thursdays-Sundays 12noon-4pm (Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays).