Half a century on and still hooked

1970s - Stornoway Harbour, preparing to leave for a competition.
1970s - Stornoway Harbour, preparing to leave for a competition.

The Stornoway Sea Angling Club, the only club of its kind in the Western Isles, is turning fifty this month and plans are afoot to mark the milestone.

Already the club has played host to sea anglers from all over the UK with the Home Nations tournament, which, coupled with the Western Isles Open, proves Stornoway is still a hot spot for anyone interested in angling.

Later this year the Western Isles Shore Open will also take place (September 27th to 28th) continuing the year long celebrations.

And on Friday, September 27th, members and committee members past and present are all invited to celebrate the club’s history and look forward to another 50 years.

Starting out as a group of enthusiastic anglers the club, based on Shell Street, Stornoway, is now a staple of the Stornoway scene.

Chairman, Donald Morrison, explained: “In August 1963 the founding members had their first committee meeting. They built this place up themselves. They got together with an interest in Sea Angling and creating a club. It is the only one which has survived in the islands.”

He added: “There has been a lot of changes over the years. In the early years the club was completely supported by the anglers and membership. Now it is also a social venue with dances, darts and sports.

“As there has been a demand for other things we have diversified to keep up with it.”

This was reflected in the birthday celebrations which, as well as fishing competitions, also included a darts tournament, a dance, Sea Angling calendar and brochure.

Mr Morrison continued: “Sea Angling is still at the fore of the place - we run senior member trips, mid week trips, junior coaching weekends .

“In a rural setting like this fishing is always going to be popular - there will always be an interest in fishing.”

The Sea Angling birthday celebrations continue on Friday 27th September, with a buffet and get together in the club from 7.30pm onwards. All members past and present are invited to attend.