Norham Blessing the Salmon Nets

Where: Formerly at Norham, Northumberland at Pedwell, down by the Tweed
When: Formerly 14th February
Time: Just before midnight.


This is a lapsed custom which is frequently reported as current in books and on websites. The Vicar of Berwick used to bless the water, boats and catch, performing the service in a boat on the River Tweed – nowadays the salmon are nearly all caught by rod, not netted, and the custom ceased some years ago.