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IT MUST have been a huge de­ci­sion for Bob Church to make to sell some of his cher­ished tackle and, es­pe­cially, his filled fly box.

Bob’s Parkin­son’s Disease has taken him away from the bank, so maybe he just wanted his kit to give plea­sure to oth­ers.

It makes me won­der, though, why we don’t have a na­tional an­gling mu­seum. Our sport has so much his­tory go­ing back so many years.

Of course, mu­se­ums cost money to set up, run and ac­quire items for and an­gling is very badly funded iin this re­spect be­cause most an­glers don’t see the need to sup­port them.

Over twenty years ago a group of us cam­paigned for a one per cent levy to be added to the VAT on all an­gling-re­lated items to help the sport grow and fight its cor­ner.

The gov­ern­ment pointed out that they were not in the busi­ness of act­ing as fund­ing col­lec­tors, but surely Bob’s tackle should be on show for us, his con­tem­po­raries, and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to ad­mire?

Bob Church in his pomp. His kit must be worth a mu­seum…

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