Football legend Jack Charlton has been helping disabled anglers to score at Kielder Water today (Wednesday 4 June).
Nearly 80 disabled anglers lined the shore of northern Europe’s largest man-made lake for the Jack Charlton Disabled Angler’s Cup – a popular fly and bait competition held annually at Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park.
Jack Charlton, who was part of the England football team when they won the 1966 World Cup, said: “The Disabled Anglers cup at Kielder is one of my favourite events of the season. I really enjoy coming here and I don’t think I’ve ever missed one – I normally wander around the banks and help people and give advice. These events are always a success and it’s really the people that come that make it.”
Last year’s champion, blind angler David Young, from Whitby said: “It’s been a very wet day and I haven’t had as much success as last year but I’ve enjoyed it. There are people in wheelchairs, people who have broken arms, people who have broken legs, and I consider myself to have broken eyes. But we all love to come here and take part in this fantastic event in such a beautiful location and it’s nice to see old friends again.”
Results Winner - Jack Charlton Trout Cup - Paul King from Horden, Co Durham: 7 fish for 10lb 12oz.
2nd place - David Wright: 5 trout for 8lb
3rd place - Carl Rae: 5 trout for 7lb 8oz
Best Wheelchair angler Allgood Cup
Winner - Karl Hargreaves from Morpeth: 6 fish for 10lb 4oz.
2nd place - Mark W Smith: 4 trout for 7lb 8oz
3rd place - Ken Marshall: 3 trout for 3lb 8oz
Northumbrian Water Boat Pairs fly only
Winner - Paul King and John Potts: 10 fish for 16lb.
2nd place - Sidney Mattock and George Mowbray: 5 fish for 8lb 5oz.
3rd place - Jim Miller and Bob Swann: 5 trout for 8lb 3oz.
Person of the Match - Sarah Louise Stevenson.
John Redfern Memorial Trophy Winners – Kinnersley Karl Hargreaves, Carl Rae, Jonathan Rae and David Wright.
Best fish on worm - Nicholas J Matthews.
Best fish on fly - Robert H Swann.
John Redfern Memorial Award for Top Boatman - Brian Jacques.
Top Club: Seaham Town Council Cup - ABLE Team average 3lb 11oz