A BEQUEST from a popular angler will help to ensure novices and newcomers from the Leeds area can look forward to coaching from two world champions later this year.
The region’s fishing community was saddened by the news of the death of David Winters from Boston Spa at the end of 2013.
But, Mr Winters instructed Leeds Angling Club’s Dennis Lemmon that he would like to see his fishing tackle either passed on to newcomers to angling or used in a way which would encourage more young people to take up the world’s biggest participation sport.
As a result, a sale of Mr Winters fishing tackle was arranged, raising a total of £2,000; in line with his request, the cash will be used to enhance events planned for National Fishing Month planned at Kippax Park in July and August.
“We held open sessions for anyone who fancied trying angling for the first time during National Fishing Month last year and it went really well,” said Mr Lemmon. “We had as many as 50 or 60 people at Kippax Park and even arranged barbecues to make it a bit of a family day out.
“We’d like to do the same thing every Wednesday between Friday, July 18, and Sunday, August 31, this year - and some of David’s bequest has allowed us to book two world champions to help with instruction.
“Dates haven’t been confirmed but Tommy Pickering and his daughter - ladies world title holder Emma Pickering - have confirmed they will walk the banks offering tips and advice to novices.”
Meanwhile, anyone who visits Kippax Park for the Leeds Angling Club events this summer can also enter a free draw which could win them a trip to the internationally renowned Fish-o-Mania event in Staffordshire in 2015.
Mr Lemmon said: “We’re also planning to use some of David’s bequest to lay on a coach and cover costs of getting 20 young people and adult supervisors to the event, which is usually screened live on Sky TV and watched by around 15,000 people.”