TACKLE firm Shakespeare has come to the rescue of the August bank holiday River Avon festival on the Warwickshire Avon with a £7000 plus sponsorship package.

The event, which was sponsored by brewer John Smith’s until it pulled out last year, will now be called the Shakespeare Evesham Festival.
Long time organiser Dick Derrington is finally retiring, and stepping into the fray will be Dave Wright, who has fished for several well-known teams including Clive Smith’s Match Group, Shimano Portway and more latterly AFS Van den Eynde. The full story is in next month’s Midland Angler.
“Myself and Diana Raphael with the support of Steve Pallett, will be running the Saturday individual and the Sunday team events,” said Dave.
“All three days are to be sponsored by Shakespeare to the tune of £7,500 overall. The Monday event is still to be finalised with the possibility of the Wychavon Championship continuing alongside the original concept of the Pro-Am.
As far as I am aware, Dick and Carole Derrington have now retired, and with the help of Shakespeare and Evesham Association we hope to increase the tented village to enable some major tackle manufacturers to put on an exhibition of their products.
Qualifiers will still take place during the 2004 season, but we hope to run Winter qualifiers this season as well.”

Dave Wright
Tel: 01635 38818
Mobile: 07887 722409
Email: fishwright@vodafone.net

2003 JCD Evesham Festival results

INDIVIDUAL – Saturday Aug 23rd

1st Dennis White (Barnsley) 11 lb 8oz 8dr (roach, hempseed)
2nd Steve Gardner (England) 9lb 5oz 8dr (chub, roach, wag, pole)
3rd Steve Ashmore (Starlets) 8lb 9oz (roach, seed)
4th Rob Middleton (Shakespeare) 8lb 4oz (Roach, seed)
5th Jamie Robbins (Shimano) 7lb 14oz (eels, perch, pole)

TEAM – Sunday Aug 24th

1st Essex Van den Eynde B – 21 points
2nd Maver Barnsley Blacks – 24 points
3rd Carol Anne Silver – 30 points
4th England – 31 points

Individuals on the day
1st Kevin Richmond (Barnsley) 13lb 6oz 8dr
2nd Tony Peel (Barnsley) 8lb 12oz 8dr
3rd Jason Buick (DGL) 7lb 15oz