Lure of an easier life
Bernard shuts angling shop
Bernard Pickering is to close angling shop in Friars Vennel, Dumfries It is the end of the line for a wellknown fishing shop in Dumfries.
Bernard Pickering is getting ready to tackle retirement when Reel-Em-In shuts its doors at the end of the month.
The 88-year-old has spent the past three decades in Friars Vennel but is looking forward to retiring after a few challenging months.
He said: “We’ve been here so long we’ve had people come in to us as junior fishers who are now coming in with their own families, which is quite a reward.
“My wife Jessica had Kitty’s on the Vennel as well but that had to close last year as she has gone into care.
“Ian Wemyss, Kitty’s son and my stepson, died of cancer in December last year so it’s been a rough few months that I’d like to not repeat again this year.
“He will be sadly missed but life goes on. So I decided I could no longer manage the shop at my age.
“I’d just like to say thank you to the people I have served and helped over the years. I will miss them all.”
Bernard has had four shops in the Vennel at various times and was involved in markets in the area at Gretna, Annan, Stranraer and Selkirk.
On February 28 Reel-Em-In will shut for good and after that Bernard has a few things which will keep him occupied. But that does not include fishing.
He said: “I like my hobby of metaldetecting; I’ve done that for a number of years.
“It’s not unlike fishing, really, you’re just waiting to get a bite. But I’ve been there and done it with fishing. I’ll have more time for gardening as well.”