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.”
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