CLUB DO­NATES £1,000 TO POPPY AP­PEAL

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

AF­TER a con­nec­tion be­tween two of its mem­bers and the blood­i­est bat­tle of the First World War, Lower Tees Angling As­so­ci­a­tion has do­nated £1,000 to the Billing­ham branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Poppy Ap­peal.

Keen an­glers Brian and Dave Munt’s great grand­fa­ther Thomas Neesam was killed on July 1, 1916, the first day of the Bat­tle of the Somme, leav­ing be­hind six chil­dren.

Brian re­cently vis­ited the Somme bat­tle­fields, and al­though Thomas’s body was never re­cov­ered, of­fi­cial war records iden­ti­fied the site where he fell, en­abling Brian to place a poppy there in mem­ory of their brave rel­a­tive.

The As­so­ci­a­tion sug­gested that money raised from its ‘Good Causes’ fund should be pre­sented by the Munt fam­ily to the Le­gion and Dave, who lo­cal an­glers will recog­nise as our Re­gional Of­fi­cer for the North East, was proud to be present along­side Forces’ veter­ans and his brother and sis­ter at the cheque’s pre­sen­ta­tion.

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