Gone Fishing star Paul Whitehouse lands lead role in Tay salmon season opening ceremony in Meikleour on the anniversary of his dad’s death.

It was a poignant moment for comedian Paul Whitehouse as he kicked off the River Tay salmon fishing season.

Paul, star of Gone Fishing, revealed that January 15 – the official opening of the season at Meikleour – marked the fifth anniversary of his father’s death.

The sun shone on the frosty banks of the Tay at Kinclaven Bridge as Paul, 65, made the first cast from a boat, after popping a magnum of champagne.

“It’s a very important day obviously for Tayside, but it’s quite significant for me, personally,” he revealed. “My dad died on this day five years ago.

“I’m not at his graveside because I went the other day. He told me that he would be very proud that I’m here today opening the River Tay.