Angling event raises cash for RNLI station

Presentation of awards after the event.
Presentation of awards after the event.
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A sea angling competition in memory of a local angler has raised £295 for a local RNLI lifeboat station.

Gary Kislingbury was a keen angler and supporter of Newbiggin RNLI, having been an active participant in previous fundraising sea angling events.

But he sadly he passed away earlier this year.

The competition, organised by the Lynemouth-based ‘Anglers United’ fishing shop, took place along the coast.

Around 60 sea anglers took part in the challenging four-hour competition on the coastline between Craster and Blyth.

At the weigh-in the heaviest total catch went to John Bell, who was presented with the Gary Kislingbury Memorial Trophy, with Chris Stringer and Greg Humphries receiving the runner-up prizes.

David Greatrex won the prize for the heaviest fish.

During the weigh-in reception and after competition refreshments hosted at Anglers United, a generous donation was made to Newbiggin lifeboat operations manager Pauline Cooksey from Anglers United.

Pauline said: “Anglers United has organised a number of fundraising initiatives during 2014 that have raised to date over £800. We are extremely grateful for their support of our volunteer rescue team and it is wonderful that the memory of Gary will live on with this special trophy.”