CASTLEDERG fisherman are still reeling at the news that the town has been selected as the venue for next year’s North West Angling Fair.
The news received waves of approval at a recent meeting of the Business and Culture Committee of Derry City and Strabane District Council, where it agreed the town would play host to a multitude of world class flyer dressers, casters and angling celebrities in April of next year.
Overall, around 3,500 visitors are expected to visit the fair over the space of two days, which according to council will have a greater focus on youth, ladies angling and accessible angling.
The Business and Culture Committee have named Mitchell Park on the Lower Strabane Road as a possible location for the fair.
Castlederg angling enthusiast and Methodist Church minister Sam Livingstone says the news is excellent for Castlederg.
“This is definitely good news, and it is nice to see Castlederg getting the chance to host such a big event, as it usually reserved for bigger towns.
“Having the fair in Castlederg will be of benefit to the town. It caters to all types of angling, bringing with it a wide variety of individuals. The fair offers an angler everything they could want, and I am greatly looking forward to its arrival next year.”
Welcoming the decision, Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí McHugh says he feels the news is a a ‘prize catch’ for the Derg area.
“Within council, I have been very vocal in promoting Castlederg as the perfect venue for the North West Angling Fair,” he said.
“I have been very pro-active in working with council officials and the Loughs Agency to secure the now internationally renowned event for the area during April 6 and 7 in 2019.
“At the Business and Culture meeting, I commended officers and staff for the excellent organisation of the successful previous three years at Melvin which proved to be an outstanding venue and will be again when the fair returns in the future.”
According to the councillor, holding the fair offers huge benefits for the town.
“The potential of 3,500+ visitors coming into the area will have major knock on benefits to local businesses in Castlederg and the wider hinterlands.
“The aim is to effectively promote angling as a desirable past time for young people, underrepresented groups and women in the local council area, while promoting angling in the region from a tourism perspective,” he explained.
“Without doubt securing the North West Angling Fair is indeed a ‘prize catch’ for Castlederg!”
Posted: 11:27 am June 1, 2018