Cash boost for Cromer lifeboats

Funds of the Cromer branch of the RNLI have been swelled by the princely sum of £700 raised from a charity angling match staged on a quiet North Norfolk water.

Funds of the Cromer branch of the RNLI have been swelled by the princely sum of £700 raised from a charity angling match staged on a quiet North Norfolk water.

North Walsham's former England international rodman Jim Randell and his wife Barbara organised the event on the Felmingham Mill Lake Fishery last Wednesday. The event was staged on behalf of sponsors Norwich branch of funeral directors Jackson and Starling, who provided free refreshments throughout the day as well as presenting cut-glass mementos to the top three in the frame.

They were headed by Harleston's match veteran Mack Collett who pocketed the £100 top prize for his mixed net of 18lb 3oz, Mark Eales of Pownalls won £70 for his catch of 17lb 2oz and Rod Finch of Deben £50 for 16lb 10oz that included the heaviest fish of the day, an 11lb 4oz carp.

Barbara Randell, a personal assistant at the sponsoring company, said her bosses had wondered about sports sponsorship and she had suggested running an angling charity match for the Cromer Lifeboat.


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“This was thought to be a grand idea so we got the event going and catered for 45 caring anglers who came from all over East Anglia. It was a great day attended by company boss Adrian Campbell who along with his directors presented the prizes afterwards.

“A number of local people including Norwich and DAA chairman Tony Gibbons lent a hand and we were donated many raffle prizes by generous local business and the anglers themselves, plus a signed football from Norwich City which raised another tidy sum towards the proceeds.”

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Jim Randell said he faced a dilemma over venue selection, but decided on Felmingham Mill because it was a mixed fishery containing species to suit everyone's tastes.

“We weighed in some excellent tench and carp as well as numbers of silverfish, and all the competitors said they had enjoyed fishing somewhere different while the fishery boss Maurice Moore donated us £25.”

Adrian Campbell declared: “Sponsoring angling is a new project for us and I thoroughly enjoyed my day among the fishermen who did us proud and raised a splendid sum for the lifeboat.”

That view was echoed by the Cromer Lifeboat operations manager Richard Lees, who added: “This splendid effort showed the caring face of angling and I am delighted with the sum they have raised with us. I will be pleased to take any of the competitors on a guided tour of the lifeboat shed.”

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