Water tribute – club names boat after local hero

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A NEW boat for wheelchair users is to be named in memory of a devoted councillor.

Caurnie Angling Club has purchased a ‘wheelyboat’ and built the necessary paths and a ramp at Antermony Loch, in Milton of Campsie, to enable anglers in weelchairs to fly-fish for trout.

The boat will be named The Charles Kennedy as a tribute to the dedicated Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor who passed away on July 13 last year after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Roger Hughes, secretary of Caurnie Angling Club, said: “Charles was good to the club and a great support. He said it was a great facility for the community. Everyone knew him.”

The club, in conjunction with the council’s Criminal Justice Unit, obtained a £10,000 grant from the Proceeds of Crime Fund for the project.

Roger added: “To ensure this new facility is fully utilised the club is asking anyone using a wheelchair who is a fly-fisher or who is interested in taking up the sport, to contact us for membership details.

“For those who have not fished before or do not have any fishing tackle, the club can arrange instruction and the loan of equipment.

“We can’t guarantee that you will always catch a trout, but we can guarantee a good time in beautiful surroundings, on your doorstep.”

You can contact Roger by emailing roger.hughes15@ntlworld.com or call 0141 776 7134.

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