John Edey (Wee John – boatman at Tillmouth) and angler Alistair Smee are attempting to swim 35 miles down the River Tweed from Kelso to the Lifeboat Station in Berwick during the weekend of 16-17 June.
They are hoping to raise a small amount of money for Help the Heroes. John served for 7 years with the Local Coldstream Regiment and Alistair is currently serving with the Territorial Army 7th Battalion The Rifles.
Both have been involved with taking injured soldiers fishing on Tweed, in particular John, who was so impressed by their wonderful spirit and lack of complaint despite injury. They feel that raising money for Help for Heroes not only would help them, but, also give John and Alistair an opportunity to check out the best salmon lies (information they may be willing to share – depending on donations). Please click on the link and donate as much or as little as you feel you are able to.
Their journey will start at 10am Saturday 16th June at the Junction, just above Kelso Old Town bridge. They hope to finish 4pm Sunday 17th June at Berwick Lifeboat Station.
You may ask why it will take them so long?
They have factored in water temperatures including the potential for hypothermia. Various stretches of rapids and the tide at Horncliffe.
Times may be a little hit and miss but John and the guys at Tillmouth have come up with a guide should you or any of your friends wish to follow them during the quest.
Depart Kelso 16th June from the Junction.
Junction – 10am
Eden Water – 11am
Carham – 12.00
Upper Northwark – 13.00
West Learmouth – 14.00
Coldstream – 15.00
Norham Bridge 18.00/19.00
Depending on progress they may keep going and swim to Horncliffe.
Should they make it this far and John is not mistaken for a seal then please call Bill Quarry (07774 861474) who will be following them the whole way. Bill will happily update you on progress and estimated time of arrival at Chainbridge, A1 Kelso Bypass, Berwick Old Bridge and the Lifeboat Station.
Duncan Wood, Harbour Master at Berwick has given his approval. Berwick Lifeboat Station, Tom Wakenshawe and Phil Patterson will escort Alistair and John through the tidal waters. Weather dependent a BBQ will be held at the Lifeboat Station to celebrate their achievement.
John and Alistair look forward to seeing you at any stage of their quest. Please let them know if you are going to be at the Lifeboat Station in Berwick so they have an idea of numbers for the BBQ.
Tight Lines to John and Alistair from everyone at FishPal.