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 Paul wins association competition

John Foreman, left, with Paul Yeomans who won the heaviest bag competition.
John Foreman, left, with Paul Yeomans who won the heaviest bag competition.

LADYKIRK and Norham Angling Association visited Thrunton Long Crag on Sunday for a competition. The heaviest four-fish bag was won by Paul Yeomans from Norham with a weight of 17lb 9oz, whereas Gordon Wharton had the heaviest fish at 7lb 10.5oz. See Thrunton

March fish count data online

THE Environment Agency has announced that fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for March is now available on the web.

Since the figures were published at least 66 more fish have been recorded on the Tyne - most on Easter Sunday.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

Enjoy the best of the fjords

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has launched The Best Fjords of Norway, brochure showcasing 20 outstanding Norwegian sailings on offer in its 2016/17 cruise programme.

From a Five-Night Fjords cruise, sailing from Newcastle on 21 May or May 26, 2016 to an eight-night Norwegian Fjords and the Orkney Isles’ sailing from Greenock (Glasgow) on July 15, 2016, there is no better way to take in one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena than a scenic fjords cruise on FOCL’s smaller ships – from £100 per person, per night.

FOCL sales and marketing director, said:At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, we recognise that the reason that guests book a fjords cruise is to actually see the fjords, so the scenic cruising element is just as important – if not more important – than the port calls themselves.

“We don’t just take our guests from port to port, we devote much more time to showcasing the winding fjords, sheer mountainsides and thundering waterfalls, including intercoastal passageways that can only be cruised by smaller-size ships. We deviate away from the direct route in order to reach the very best of the fjordland – much of which has its own story to tell – and your camera will be just as busy on sea days as it is ashore.”

In addition to the May sailings from Newcastle, there will be the seven-night Fred’s Favourite Fjords cruises sailing from the Tyne on June 11, 2016 and July 23, 2016 and the seven-night Scenic Railways & Phenomenal Fjords cruise, which sails on August 27, 2016.

Join the ‘set-jetters’ on cruise to Fortitude


SKY Atlantic’s highly-acclaimed psychological thriller, Fortitude – set in Pyramiden, Spitsbergen, the fictional Arctic settlement of Fortitude – has been helping to “drive sales North” at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL), as Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland are among the top-selling itineraries for 2016.


In its 2016/17 cruise programme, FOCL offers guests the chance to visit this fascinating region on five different cruises, including Balmoral’s 14-night L1615 The Wonders of Spitsbergen sailing from Newcastle on July 9, 2016, to explore the snow-capped mountains, glaciers and elusive wildlife of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Prices from £1,599 per person


Another highlight of FOCL’s 2016 itineraries is its 15-night D1615 Exploring the Fjords of Greenland adventure for adults only onboard Boudicca from Liverpool on August 14, 2016. Prices from £1,779 per person


Black Watch’s nine-night W1613 A Taste of Iceland cruise from Rosyth (Edinburgh) on August 25, 2016, will take guests to experience the majestic volcanoes, boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, sprawling glaciers and picture-perfect waterfalls of this intriguing country, not forgetting the abundance of spectacular wildlife: dolphins, whales and flocks of native sea birds. Prices from £1,099 per person.


FOCL sales and marketing director Nathan Philpot said: “There is an increasing trend among holidaymakers to want to visit the set of their favourite TV series and films, and Fred. Olsen’s range of Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland cruises in 2016 is proving particularly attractive to these ‘set-jetters’, as they are known, where they can visit the fictional settlement and filming location of their favourite TV programme, Fortitude.


“We have seen record-breaking sales in March this year, following the launch of our new 2016 to 2017 itineraries, which feature cruises that take in unique and lesser-known destinations; a trip to these isolated locations is a truly breathtaking experience, for seasoned travellers, artists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.”


In recent years, Ben Stiller’s hit movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, has also served to heighten interest in Iceland, where the country features prominently, also acting as a stand-in for Greenland and Afghanistan. In Sky Atlantic’s TV smash Game of Thrones, Iceland also doubles as the fictional continent of Westeros.


Prices are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Inside cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues.


Fred. Olsen’s new 2016 to 2017 cruise programme went on sale on March 5 and led to record-breaking sales for the month, with a total of £22.4m taken in bookings, beating the previous record of £17.8m in March 2014 - £2.1m was also taken in revenue on the day after the launch, making it the highest-selling day in FOCL history. More FOCL news on Travel and Travel 2

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Last updated 2013 Sunday, May 3, 2015