New Wearside angling club keeping it reel

Park Ranger, Ian Graham and Get Hooked on Fishing coach Darren McGlen at Herrington Country Park promoting the Angling club and clean-up project.
Park Ranger, Ian Graham and Get Hooked on Fishing coach Darren McGlen at Herrington Country Park promoting the Angling club and clean-up project.
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FISHERMEN are hoping to reel in new members to their group.

The newly-formed Herrington Country Park Angling Club and Clean-Up Project is hoping to attract more people to cast their lines at the park’s pond.

They have recently been able to get funding to start the angling club, which will have an adult section and a junior section for those under 18.

Rangers say they also want to raise awareness of the park’s environment to the people of Sunderland in a bid to keep it clean.

A meeting is being held this month for potential committee members, volunteers and participants, so that those looking to get involved can find out more.

Darren McGlent, who is a qualified angling coach, explained what those joining up to the club can expect.

“It’s all about environmental education,” he said.

“People who come along are going to be learning different fishing techniques and they’ll also be finding out about the wildlife in the water and around the lake.

“As well as that, they will learn about the impact angling has on the eco system.

“We’ll also be having a day’s fishing, too.”

Darren added that there are often problems with keeping Herrington Country Park neat and tidy, something which the club hopes to address if new members join.

“Obviously the park gets used by people quite a lot,” he said. “We are basically trying to get those who come regularly more actively involved, so that they can look after it.”

Those wanting to find out more and sign up the angling club can attend a meeting at Penshaw Community Centre on Saturday, November 19, from 10am until 3pm.

For more details call Darren on 0794 025 1059, or email darren.mcglen@ghof.org.uk.

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