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Thousands soak up the sunshine at 2017 North West Angling Fair

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thousands soak up the sunshine  at 2017 North West Angling Fair thumbnailFly expert Arthur Greenwood shows Dennis Boyle how to tie the fly.

THE Melvin Sports Complex in Strabane was a hive of activity at the weekend as over 2,000 people attended the 2017 North West Angling Fair.

Derry City and Strabane District Council were hosting the two day event at the Strabane venue for a second successive year with demonstrations outside on the River Mourne and Melvin Green and inside the sports complex where a wide range of exhibitors were packed in the main hall.

Highlights over the weekend were demonstrations and talks from some of the biggest names in the world of fishing including Henrik Mortensen, Robert Gillespie and Scott MacKenzie and a public appearance from 'Hooked on Fishing' TV presenter Paul Young, who mixed with the crowds, signing autographs and posing for photographs.

There was also a strong youth element to the fair as youngsters received fly tying tuition and advice on how to get started in the sport.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, was represented at the event by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jim McKeever, and she paid tribute to everyone who made it a weekend to remember.

"Congratulations to all the organisers of the North West Angling Fair who worked so hard on securing a stellar and action packed lineup for the two days," she said.

"It is an event that has clearly captured the public's imagination and attracted not only thousands of local people but a significant number of visitors to our Council area for the weekend.

"The annual event has become a firm favourite on Council's programme of events and is a great way to showcase the angling offering of our local waterways."

Festival and events officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elizabeth Cunningham, said the feedback from both traders and visitors had been extremely positive.

"We were delighted that the public came out and supported the North West Angling Fair in such huge numbers," she said.

"There was a great atmosphere around Strabane over the two days and it was a great opportunity to promote the sport locally and showcase our local waterways to the visitors that we had from all over Ireland.

"The feedback of the visitors we surveyed was exceptionally positive, they felt the Fair offered a high level lineup and a perfect venue in the Melvin Sports Complex.

"The exhibitors at the trade stands reported sales that surpassed their expectations so it was a successful weekend all round and we are already looking forward to next year."

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