Our Fishing Story in July celebrated Berwick’s salmon-netting and sea-fishing heritage, centred around the traditional Crowning of the Salmon Queen and Tweedmouth Feast.
The Salmon Shiels and Silver Darlings exhibition in the Berwick Watchtower Gallery complemented historical information about Berwick’s sea-fishing and salmon-netting heritage with art and crafts pieces showcasing the wealth of talent and craftsmanship in Berwick and the surrounding area, in local schools and in community groups. The exhibition shared the Watchtower Gallery space with Berwick Art Club’s Annual Summer Show.
On Wednesday 15th July, the historic herring drifter Reaper brought the Tweedmouth Salmon Queen, Lauren Dixon and Eyemouth Herring Queen, Ailsa Landels to Berwick Quayside. Reaper was moored at Berwick Quayside throughout the Mouth of the Tweed Festival and the Tweedmouth Feast. The crew welcomed aboard almost 1,500 visitors during her visit.
The Third Mouth of the Tweed Festival took place on the Quayside on Thursday 16th July and featured more than a dozen producers’ stands and street food stalls offering the best food and drink produced within a 16 mile radius of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Local musicians from the Small Hall Band and Heads on the Block provided the entertainment.
The Crowning of the 2015 Salmon Queen, Shannon Blackhall took place in Queen’s Gardens, West End, Tweedmouth at 7pm on Thursday 16th July and eight decorated floats took part in the Tweedmouth Feast Carnival Parade on Sunday 19th July.
On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July, a community dance performance entitled Tidal, choreographed by Chloe Smith, was staged on the promenade and beach at Spittal. This contemporary dance piece interpreted the themes of “Sea” and “River” and involved local people of all ages and abilities.