Lure of an eas­ier life

Bernard shuts an­gling shop

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stephen Tem­lett

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.”

Scal­ing back

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