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Memorial at River Ness in Inverness to famous angler Bob Church

By Andrew Dixon

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David Sutherland at the River Ness.
David Sutherland at the River Ness.

A PLAQUE has been erected at Inverness’s Ness Castle Lodges fishing grounds in memory of world-famous angler Bob Church, who has died aged 83.

Mr Church, a prolific author, died in his native Northampton, but he was a frequent visitor to fish the River Ness and stayed at a Ness Castle lodge.

Tributes have been paid to the Mr Church who won world and European competitions and was described by Anglers Mail as one of the sport’s true gents.

Inverness businessman David Sutherland, owner of the holiday lodges and exclusive salmon fishing rights along a mile of the river, said: “Bob’s fishing tackle innovations and fly patterns had a massive influence in shaping the sport for anglers everywhere.

“This was a favourite place for Bob to come, and it was a great privilege to chat with him by the Ness.

“We’ve many happy recollections of Bob’s visits here. A group of his angling friends wanted a plaque here in his memory and we agreed.”

Mr Sutherland added: “He was a brilliant fly fisherman and true all-round angler and it is extremely fitting that someone who did so much for angling should be commemorated in this way, yards from the waters he loved so much.”

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