A trip down me­mory Lane

More than 100 years since it opened, a Coven­try tackle shop is still in the fam­ily

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

T’S one of the coun­try’s old­est tackle shops, in busi­ness in one form or an­other for 111 years. to its cur­rent premises here on Lon­don Road, Coven­try. When my grand­fa­ther died in 1980, my dad Alan Lane took the shop on and went on to cre­ate the Lane’s Bait side of it. We’ve bred our own mag­gots ever since. Dad died in 2008, and as his chil­dren we were keen to keep our fam­ily shop go­ing,” he con­tin­ued.

Lanes has its own mag­got farm off site and in the height of sum­mer sells 4,000 pints a week. It’s renowned for the size and qual­ity of its grubs, which Tom puts down to the tiny de­tails in the pro­duc­tion process, from hav­ing the right flies and meat to blow on, to what they are fed and where they are stored.

“As long as the tackle pros­pers, we in­tend to keep it in the Lane fam­ily for as long as we can. It’s more than just a busi­ness, it’s a tra­di­tion and a legacy!” said Tom.

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