Celebration of Angling 2019

This page gives a small insight into this very special event, not only for the club, but for me personally. The results from the day are on our Match Results 2019 page and a Celebration 2019 photo gallery from the day is now also on the website, courtesy of photos taken by Ray Best.

It was my great pleasure in welcoming, members, past members, helpers and guests to the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Angling event, the flagship of our match calendar

It was my dream to stage an angling event for disabled anglers to celebrate the millennium. In 1999, Keith and Tina bought into my dream and the hard work began raising the funds to stage such an event. We did it, Reel People was formed and we hosted the Celebration of Angling “Millennium 2000” event, . A huge success with 73 anglers taking part at Dent’s fishery, Hilgay and afterwards at Southery village hall for a buffet and presentation.

The clubs history has always been really important to me and as a nod to that first celebration I wanted to welcome members, past and present along with other guests to this years 20th anniversary celebration and also to replicate some of it’s special parts like the commemorative salver which everyone taking part will receive courtesy of generous sponsorship from the BDAA, along with a meal and a days fishing, trophies sponsored by Lynn Shellfish, bait prizes courtesy of Reel People and donations of prizes for the raffle from members and guests alike,, how wonderful. I never dared to dream what Reel People could achieve beyond that initial day.

Well here we are 24th July 2019 celebrating our 20th Celebration of Angling, truly amazing.

We have 6 members fishing today who took part in the very first celebration, Ricky Bramham, Dave Crowson, Ken Bartlett, Brian Sapsford, Paul Williams and Terry Jefferies, along with two dear friends, Sam Jackson and Alice Harris whom also fished that event and are true legends of Reel People’s history.

I am also thrilled to welcome to fish with us today two special friends and old faces from the past, Vic Jackson and Tony Evans .

As part of our anniversary celebration I thought it would be fun to have a Champion of Champions match, a match within a match and it is brilliant that we have 7 past winners battling it out for this prestigious award kindly sponsored by John Green. 

All this celebration talk harbours a tinge of sadness as our thoughts turn to past members, winners, and absent friends who are sadly no longer with us and it is lovely that Phil Jackson’s wife Chrissie and his brother Eddie and Sister in law Lizzie were able to be with us at the celebration.

Thanks go to Clair, Alex and everyone at Rookery Waters for their help and hospitality. The after match meal was superb, some members enjoying second's.

A huge thank you once again to our sponsors, BDAA The British Disabled Angling Association, Lynn Shellfish and John Green without whom this event would not have been the same.

Thank you all for being part of making my dream come true!

Rob Bunting

A few words from BDAA Chairman and Founder

Terry Moseley

“Reel people and British Disabled angling association are two of the remaining organisations from the heyday of the 80`s that have managed to survive the changes to angling over the past 20 years plus, delivering opportunities to disabled people and their families through events, support and dedication. Whilst the rapid decline of disabled angling clubs is evident, our two groups remain strong and continue to support disabled people in similar ways. The relationship between founder of reel people Rob Bunting and founder of BDAA Terry Moseley has been strong throughout, BDAA has found itself fortunate enough to help repay some of the friendship Rob and Reel people showed us, by funding the Reel people anniversary celebrations as a mark of respect to the continued work they do. We the trustees of BDAA wish this long time relationship will continue and grow well into the years continuing to help , provide new experiences and develop interest in the field of disability and fishing.”