ME­MO­RIAL CALL FOR JOHN WILSON

Read­ers want plaque on Wen­sum to hon­our leg­end

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ANGLING TIMES read­ers are call­ing for a spe­cial me­mo­rial to be cre­ated on the banks of the River Wen­sum to hon­our fish­ing leg­end John Wilson MBE.

The angling world is still com­ing to terms with the loss of the ‘Go Fish­ing’ TV se­ries star and, fol­low­ing a huge out­pour­ing of emo­tional trib­utes, Wilson fans are now call­ing for a per­ma­nent re­minder to be cre­ated, cel­e­brat­ing his achieve­ments and im­pact on gen­er­a­tions of an­glers.

Sim­i­lar calls from read­ers in 2004 led to the late Ivan Marks be­ing im­mor­talised with a stone struc­ture at Crow­land Bridge on his favourite bream wa­ter, the River Wel­land.

Angling Times Edi­tor-in-Chief, Steve Fitz­patrick, con­firmed the mag­a­zine had been in­un­dated with ideas for re­mem­ber­ing John.

“There’s no doubt­ing the im­pact John had on an­glers’ lives and this is a way we can all give some­thing back and re­mem­ber the leg­end who in­spired many of us to pick up a rod for the first time and ‘Go Fish­ing’,” he said.

Sug­ges­tions for lo­ca­tions for the pro­posed me­mo­rial have been nu­mer­ous and var­ied, thanks largely to the huge num­ber of wa­ters John fished over his years pre­sent­ing the TV show.

How­ever, it would seem the River Wen­sum fish­ing hotspot Len­wade Mill, the place where Wilson filmed the iconic ‘Weir­pool Magic’ episode of his ‘Go Fish­ing’ se­ries, is be­ing touted as the most pop­u­lar.

It was a spot John loved to fish and where he caught many big roach and chub for the cam­eras amid a back­drop of bub­bling wa­ter and na­ture.

Bridge Inn Fish­ery cur­rently owns the fish­ing rights to the Len­wade Mill stretch.

Owner Gail Chen­ery said: “We would ab­so­lutely get be­hind the idea of hav­ing a me­mo­rial at the fish­ery in hon­our of John. He loved fish­ing the mill­stream and would of­ten pop into the pub for a pint or two af­ter­wards – talking about all things fish­ing with the reg­u­lars as well!

“We will be hon­our­ing John by plac­ing a framed pic­ture in the pub.”

To raise funds for the John Wilson me­mo­rial, Angling Times will be cre­at­ing a GoFundMe page where read­ers and life-long fans will be able to donate. Up­dates on how to donate will be re­leased in Angling Times in the next few weeks.

Wilson loved fish­ing at Len­wade Mill.

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