Following the official business of the evening, Yvonne Macdonald held a raffle for donated prizes - mainly booze with the star prize being some of Richard's famous sea trout flies - this raised a creditable £133.
This was followed by an auction of fishing tackle during which our smooth-talking auctioneer David Gartside relieved the members present of £638.40 of their hard-earned cash! Seriously, there were some very nice lots, all donated by members, and we must thank the generosity of everyone who put their hand up to make a bid.
It just remains to be seen how certain members managed to smuggle yet more fishing tackle home past their significant other. I was lucky, my new book went on the shelf un-noticed! C.P.