Angling: Two angling stalwarts who will live long in the memory

The Trafford Centre in Manchester attracted thousands of people to its recent angling show.

The Trafford Centre in Manchester attracted thousands of people to its recent angling show.

0
Have your say

Isn’t it strange that there never seems to be a Christmas without the news that yet another old friend has passed away and just before the festive season we lost two more, both after long illnesses.

The first was an old colleague of mine, Stan Wallis from York.

I worked with Stan for over ten years on the Yorkshire Winter League, Stan as President and me as Secretary.

He was never a great angler but a very keen one, as was his wife Joyce, but he was a great man to have behind the scenes for his work rate was phenomenal.

By trade he was a master carpenter and in his younger days he was in charge of many building projects in his native city and he was acknowledged as one of the best in his field.

But his proudest achievement was back in the 1970s when the York club purchased a derelict old pub in the city centre, the City Arms, and Stan masterminded the project of renovating the place into a new headquarters for the fishing club.

And a magnificent job he made of it, transforming a large section of it into a ballroom with a sprung floor.

Unfortunately some ten years ago the trustees had a ‘big offer’ for the valuable site and then sold it – an action that broke Stan’s heart.

He passed away peacefully just before Christmas at the age of 80.

The second loss was Billy Poulter on Christmas Eve at the age of 69. Bill was small in stature but big in heart and he was one of the mainstays of our Winter League squad for many years.

He was initially a butcher by trade but he finished his working life on the maintenance staff with Leeds City Transport and he was a stalwart of their angling section.

Unfortunately he had suffered for some time with a brain tumour and eventually he succumbed to that.

Both of these old friends leave a lot of wonderful memories.

Remember I told you early in December about a massive angling show which had been planned to take place at Manchester Trafford Centre?

Unfortunately, I could not make the two-day event but the reports that I did get from a few friends who managed to get there gave the event rave reviews.

According to reports in the press thousands of anglers passed through the doors over the weekend.

And I think that the promise to concentrate more on the coarse fishing aspect of the sport had a lot to do with this as it gave visitors the chance to test out the latest rods and poles.

There were also demonstrations by such as Tommy Pickering, Bob Roberts, Des Taylor and Paul Garner and their talks were packed out. Everyone was impressed by the display of the latest products for 2014 and virtually every major fishing tackle manufacturer in the country was represented.

Match Diary

Saturday January 18

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Fleets Dam: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Langwith Lakes: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Birkwood Farm: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 0113 228 0609.

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £20, contact 07795 674409 for details.

Moorfields Farm: 50 pegs, tickets £16, contact 07710 817150
Sunday January 19

Oak Tree Leisure: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 810686.

Oaks: At Sessay, 50 pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Langwith Lakes: 60 pegs, tickets £16, for details contact 01904 431874.

Pool Bridge Farm: 30 pegs, contact 07921022503.

Bobco Winter Series: At Carpvale, 30 pegs, contact 01904 738240.
Monday January 20

Langwith Lakes: Over 60s, 30 pegs, tickets £10, contact 01904 431874.

Woodlands Over 50s: 30 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01845 520110.

Tollerton Ponds Over 50s: 30 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 538115.
Tuesday January 21

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £12, contact 07795 674409.
Wednesday January 22

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Fleets Dam: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Poppleton Lakes: 50 pegs, tickets £15, for details contact 01904 237279.

Tollerton Ponds Over 50s: 30 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 538115.
Thursday January 23

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £20, contact 07795 674409.

Darren Starkey with big tench

caught from Leeds & District's Knotford Lagoon.

Governing body’s been lagging behind in ‘opinion poll’