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October 3, 2013
Disabled youngsters and adults across Cumbria were offered a free day out, and the chance to meet a soccer legend Jack Charlton this Summer.
Football legend Jack Charlton hosted a special day out for local disabled anglers in the Lake District this summer. Charlton, who won the World Cup with England in 1966 and later managed the Republic of Ireland in the finals, is patron of the local Disabled Anglers Association.
The fishing competition funded through Active Cumbria’s Access to Sport Programme, was free of charge and included a meal laid on for those who took part. The event which took place on 19th August at Bessy Beck fishery, was a fishing day for disabled adults and juniors, mainly for a fun day out. Participants didn’t need any previous experience of angling because free tackle and tuition was available on the day.
Invitations were sent out to the anglers e.g. Rules & forms to fill in with their details. The Disability Fishing Association provided rods & reels for the day to the worm anglers. They also provided each angler with a cap and name badge and at the trophy presentation each angler is given a commemorative medallion.
The event included a competition and prizes but was more about having a good day out — and people didn’t have to know how to fish to take part. This event was held at Bessy Beck in August 2013. A total of 57 anglers (11 young disabled people and 46 adults with disabilities) took part in the competition (6 Fly Fishers & the rest on Worm). The worm anglers caught a total of 79 fish weighing 100.55 lbs! Anglers came from across the county including, Hawthwaite Lane in Barrow, Carlisle Mencap , Eden Mencap, Edington Centre in Penrith, Hensingham Day Service in Whitehaven and PAVE in Barrow.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves including the 55 anglers with 28 of their personal helpers. Some people didn’t come, because of ill health. There were also a number of extra helpers for people who needed help with the fishing. The following anglers won trophies