What’s the pull? Magnet fishing proves a catch in pandemic Scotland – a photo essay


Part environmentalism, part treasure-hunting, magnet fishing has attracted a tight group of enthusiasts around Glasgow who cast their lines out for grenades, knives, cannon balls – and shopping trolleys

It doesn’t take long to see the appeal of casting a high-powered magnet into a canal to find anything from scrap metal and weaponry, to unexploded bombs and historical artefacts.

For 13-year-old Cole Gartshore from Kirkintilloch, the mystery factor is so appealing that he has been out on the water with his dad most weekends since the pandemic began.

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