Hook, line and plums

It’s been a busy weekend with two of the highlights of Wychavon’s social calendar taking place – the Plum Festival in Pershore and the Angling Festival in Evesham.

Despite weather warnings the Pershore Plum Festival got off to a good start on Saturday morning with Mark Stinchcombe from Eckington Manor opening the event.

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Mark Stinchcombe and me

Mark was a winner of Master Chef – the Professionals and had a stall selling candy floss flavoured with plum which attracted much attention.  John and I joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Pershore to have a walk around, particularly in the Town Hall which housed a First World War exhibition and cake tasting.

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Prunella the Pershore Purple Plum and Eggbert the Pershore Yelow Egg plum were on hand with Queen Victoria, the Plum Princess and her attendants.  This is a three day event packed with fun things to do, activities and entertainment.  Well done to Angela Tidmarsh and the tourism team at Wychavon for all the hard work.

Evesham’s three day fishing festival attracts top anglers from across the UK and Europe and carries a prize fund of £17,950, making it one of the richest river fishing events in the country.

Saturday was the Evesham Championship (sponsored by Hobgoblin brewery from Witney) with 35 invited star anglers and 35 qualifiers competing for prizes.  Sunday saw the Wychavon Championship (sponsored by Wychavon District Council) with local club champions and qualifiers taking on the biggest names in match fishing and Bank Holiday Monday’s event being the Match Fishing Team Championship with eight invited teams and six qualifying teams battling for one of the richest prizes in UK team fishing.

Colin Townsend (Evesham & District Angling Association) gave John and I a tour of the grounds where all sorts of fishing kit was on sale together with plants, crafts and clothes .

I was challenged to try my hand in a fly-casting competition at which I failed miserably.

I compete in the fly casting competition with predictably disappointing results

I compete in the fly casting competition with predictably disappointing results

Then I tried out one of the many long pole rods on display but I think John looked more at home doing this than me.

I tried out one of the long pole rods

I tried out one of the long pole rods

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John was more of a natural than me

 

Colin explained the “weigh-in” procedure with a close-up of one of the best catches.

Colin explains the weigh-in procedure

Colin explains the weigh-in procedure

A close up of one of the best catches of the day

A close up of one of the best catches of the day

Third place, with a weight of 14-7-0 fishing on peg 44 was Wayne Swinscoe.

Wayne Swinscoe came third

Wayne Swinscoe came third

In second place, with a weight of 15-8-0 fishing on peg 1 (thought to be one of the best pegs to fish [positions on the river) was Leigh Gardner.

Leigh Gardner was second

Leigh Gardner was second

The winner, with a weight of 17-3-0 fishing on peg 46 was Alan Scotthorne (pictured below)

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Shawn Riley, Evesham Business Partnerships Manager, also  presented me with a beautiful bouquet on behalf of the Evesham Fishing Festival committee.

A lovely surprise from Shawn Riley on behalf of the Evesham Fishing Festival Committee

A lovely surprise from Shawn Riley on behalf of the Evesham Fishing Festival Committee

A lovely end to a lovely day, with beautiful weather showing off Evesham’s River Avon, the Bell Tower and surrounding area to its best.

 

 

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