Roxtons to sponsor the Atlantic Salmon Trust's 50th anniversary Gala Dinner

by Charlie White

The Dinner, hosted by the AST’s President Earl Percy, will take place in the stunning house, conservatory and gardens of Syon Park, which has been kindly donated for the evening by the Duke of Northumberland.

The objectives of the dinner are:
– To raise awareness of the importance of the Atlantic Salmon in our environment as a bell weather for environmental change
– To explain the importance of the work the Atlantic Salmon Trust is currently undertaking & supporting
– To raise funds for the new scientific projects and to launch the new AST Friends & AST Presidents club

The Great Conservatory
There will be a Silent Auction and Live Auction at the Gala dinner, which will be available online two weeks prior to the event. The aim is to raise over £100,000 through the auction. Roxtons have donated two Varzuga rods to the live auction. This particular week has a 15 year average of 27 fish per rod and is based at Lower Varzuga, one of the most comfortable lodges on the Kola. This will be (should be!) a floating line week and the river looks stunning at that time of this year. It will be hosted by Charlie White of Roxtons and he will be joined by two of the best casting instructors in the world, Bill Drury. Bill runs the Lower Varzuga for the whole season, knows it like the back of his hand and is available for pointers and tips all week. Eoin Fairgrieve is also on the river for that week and this legend of the Tweed will spend time with all 10 rods during the course of the week and offers invaluable advice. Single, ensuite rooms are offered as a matter of course with two rods sharing a guide and boat. The lot includes the private charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk and is all inclusive after that except tips.

Of the 50 tables that are for sale at the Gala, at the time of writing there only a few left. Purchase a table to share with your friends, enjoy a splendid evening in stunning surroundings and most importantly play your part in helping to conserve the mighty salmon.

For more information on the Atlantic Salmon Trust, please visit

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