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Tight lines all the way for fishing fans
WORLD-class competitors and thousands of visitors came to Evesham for a three day celebration of fishing.
The Evesham Angling Festival, held over the Bank Holiday weekend, included three angling championships, a raft of exhibitors, a large craft fair and traditional market and lots of fishing tackle for sale.
New this year was the beer festival, which was organised by Nigel Smith of The Fleece, in Bretforton, and included a huge variety of different beers.
Festival organiser Roger Mortimer said the whole event was a huge success.
“Visitor numbers were probably a little bit down on previous years on Saturday and Sunday but that was largely due to the weather forecast,” he said. “Yesterday (Monday) the numbers were up. It was one of busiest days I can remember and I’ve been attending the festival as a competitor before I came as an organiser for most of the 30 years it’s been going. It was very, very busy.
The beer festival was very popular. Almost certainly it will be incorporated into next year’s event and possibly expanded.
“All our exhibitors reported brisk sales, particularly on the Monday.” The event attracted 70 anglers each day along with current world champion Sean Ashby and five times individual champion, Alan Scotthorne, from Barnsley. “There’s not another event in our sport that comes anywhere close to rival the Evesham Festival,”
said Mr Mortimer. “It’s absolutely unique in fishing.
“I think the visitors and spectators are the most important element and they come year after year.”
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