Caught by the River

the national vintage tackle fair

23rd April 2008

ladies and gents

thanks very much to you all for the editorial support which you gave to the national vintage fishing tackle fair which took place at the abbey stadium on sunday. the fair was a great success with a strong public turn-out which included 84 year old lloyd brookes who had fished for redditch angling club in the national and whose father had been a driver and gardener for allcocks. lloyd donated a photograph to the fair of the redditch angling club’s dinner in 1934 a sit down do which included all the heads of the big redditch tackle manufacturers and members of the ’34 national side. john essex, who himself fished the national for leicester in the 1970’s has agreed to write a piece on the photo and those in it which will appear in due course. in the meantime here is a copy of the photo. included in the party are albert smith of the redditch firm of that name and next to him with the jug ears is a courteney williams, of allcocks.

the next national vintage fishing tackle fair takes place at the abbey stadium on sunday november 16th and bookings for stalls are now being taken on 07980 274 383 or in writing to:

the national vintage fishing tackle fair
P.O Box 63554

best regards

john andrews

l-r: john essex, lloyd brookes and keith elliott