Angling club lands major distinction

AN ASHINGTON club for young anglers has landed a rare honour.

The Hirst Park Trout Ticklers (HPTT) has gained the Angling Development Board’s highest award, the Clubmark, for its high standards of tuition and care for youngsters.

Founder Bob Smith said: “I am extremely proud that our club is the very first club in the county to be given Clubmark status.

“The club committee has worked very hard over many months, attended numerous courses, and implemented many policies to take the club to a new and higher level.”

The chairperson, teacher Cate Middleton, said: “It is recognition of the high standards that the club has set and will maintain, and the welcoming environment that has been created for junior and adult members.

“As a member of HPTT, individuals have the opportunity to take up this sport for life and can learn how to fly-tie and fish with fly and bait on still waters and rivers.”

The club had to submit evidence of its high quality provision, including all volunteers, three who are licensed level 2 coaches in fly-fishing, being police checked.

Also, the club has its own child protection officer and volunteers who are trained in first aid, equal opportunities and inclusion.

For 14 years it has promoted family fishing to bring generations together in the countryside.

Members started the new fishing season at Fontburn, near Rothbury, last weekend.

The award will be presented at Hardy Greys tackle company in Alnwick on April 2.

Information on Hirst Park Trout Ticklers and how to join is on the website