Great start for re-opened Lothians Fishery

Manager Derek Plenderleith. FisheryJPG

Manager Derek Plenderleith. Picture by Nigel Duncan

Written by, Nigel Duncan

Newlands Tweeddale Trout Fishery near Gifford has enjoyed a really encouraging start since it re-opened in mid-May.

Several hundred anglers have visited and reports have been excellent with bags over 50 recorded with many of over 20.

Fishermen have come from as far afield as Morpeth in Northumberland and also from all over the Lothians and Borders, with many from Edinburgh and nearby Midlothian.

And delighted manager, Derek Plenderleith, said he had received compliments about the condition of the fish and the surroundings.

Currently, two fly only ponds are open and the bait pond remains closed but Plenderleith said: “A number of anglers who fished the water prior to the seven-month closure have come back to have a cast or to see what we have done after reading or hearing about us in the papers and on local radio.

“We are delighted with the response and, currently, we are open seven days from 9am to 9pm.”

Plenderleith added: “Anglers are pleased with the quality of the fish and the state of the fishery in general, but we are continuing to develop the facility.”

One advance is that flies are now on sale in the registration area but, as yet, there is no tackle available to buy on-site.

The manager stressed: “This is a fly only facility and we have publicised that extensively, but we still get people coming up asking if we have bait an if our bait pond is open. We don’t have bait and the bait pond is not open.”

Patterns currently working at the water, formerly called Tweeddale Millennium, are buzzers, cats whisker, humongous, spiders and diawl bach and Plenderleith advised prospective anglers to consult the fishery Facebook page, which is regularly updated, for full details and to check the weather before travelling.

He added: “Please do not message for bookings as these can be missed. Our numbers are 01620 810526 or 07748 485647 and I am more than happy to provide all the information you need to fish here.”

Bonnyrigg win their final game of the season

Match Report Bonnyrigg Rose v Forfar Athletic 04:05:24

Bonnyrigg Rose win against Forfar. Photograph by Joe Gilhooley LRPS.

Match report by Harry Robertson Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Bonnyrigg Rose 4 Forfar 0

The final game of the 23/24 season for the Rose was played at New Dundas Park with a great crowd in attendance to watch their team stay in the league.

Calum Elliot makes just two changes to his side that snatched a draw against the champions Stenhousemuir last week. Keiran McGachie came into the line up and a change in goalkeeper with Michael Andrews starting the final game.

The first real chance of the game went to Bradley Barrett as Bonnyrigg attack he takes a shot at goal but fails to hit the target at it goes wide.
Smart Osadolor gets his first chance of the game in the 37th minute as he tried his luck inside the box but it falls straight into the hands of Marc McCallum in goals for Forfar.

The home side playing very well as they manage to stop the visitors Forfar having a chance on goal until the 44th minute where they manage to scare Andrews in goal as the ball hits the outside of the net, but no damage done.

Half Time 0-0.

Bonnyrigg Rose made a change at the break as McGachie makes way for Angus Mailer.

In form Dean Watson opened the scoring with a lovely bit of skill taking the ball round the keeper and passing it into the net to go in front after 49 minutes of play.

The first goal inspired the whole team as 5 minutes later they make it two with Callum Connolly placing the ball into the top corner after a Rose corner.

Bonnyrigg continued to attack creating chances and playing some great football for their fans.

The manager decided to switch it up by making 4 changes at once with Jonny Stewart, Ross Gray, Conor Doan and recent signing Owen Wardell coming on after the 70th minute.

Youngster Wardell makes an instant impact showing lots of speed and determination, in the 75th minute he scored his first goal for the club making it three for the Rose and giving the supporters lots to look forward to with this signing.

Moments after a penalty is given to the home side which Neil Martyniuk puts away as he has done all season and Bonnyrigg win 4-0.

A brilliant performance from the Rose at home on the final day of the season securing their spot in the league for the 24/25 season. The supports shown very encouraging signs by their teams football in this game and look forward to the seasons to come.

Massive thank you to all the fans and sponsors for the continued support, C’mon the Rose.

Marathon runners to get a pint at the finish

Edinburgh Marathon Finish Pinkie Fields

The Edinburgh Marathon will finish in Pinkie Playing Fields in Musselburgh

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Runners at this year’s Edinburgh Marathon will be able to celebrate crossing the finish line with a specially designed pint of ‘Cool Down Lager.’

East Lothian Licensing Board today granted a licence to Bellfield Brewery to operate two bars at this year’s event with those taking part able to grab a pint from 10am on the day.

And they were told the brewery had worked with marathon organisers to create low alcohol beer to mark the occasion, which has been called Cool Down Lager and will be offered alongside a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beers.

An application to open the bars between 10am and 5pm on the day of this year’s marathon on Sunday May 26th went before the licensing board with their licensing standards officer raising the point that the early start was outwith normal licensing hours policy.

However organisers said the early opening time, which had been approved in the past, ensured people were not queueing up for a drink after crossing the finish line.

The bars will be sited in the charity village at the finish line on Pinkie Playing Fields, in Musselburgh and the board was told the event began with a half marathon which saw some finishers arrive at the village shortly after 9am on the day.

Organisers told the board the early opening allowed traffic to flow through the bars, adding participants did not hang around for multiple pints.

They said: “These are runners who have been training for three or four months for this event and having a beer when they cross the finish line is something quite special to them. There have never been any issues of drunkenness or anything like that (at this event).”

The Edinburgh Marathon has been held every year since 2003 with the exception of two years during the Covid pandemic.

Originally following a route throughout Edinburgh starting at Meadowbank Stadium and heading down to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, the route changed in 2007 and starts in the city before the majority of the run takes place along the East Lothian coast looping back to finish in Musselburgh.

The board unanimously approved the licence for the day.