TRIBUTES are being paid to former National Champion and
A stalwart of Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society, Percy’s became a household name in the 1970s through a weekly Angling Times column plus countless big match victories at venues far and wide.
Chomping on his trademark cigar, he was crowned National Champion in 1974 with a 30lb-plus bag of bream from the River Welland.
It was a far cry from his childhood when he took up the sport brandishing a willow stick, a length of cat gut and a bent pin baited with dough. After being taken under the wing of top
Percy, a father of two, also played professional football for West Bromwich Albion,
For more than three decades – right up until last summer – he ran junior matches and summer school holiday teach-ins on his beloved River Cam, and in November 2005 he published ‘The Complete Angler – A tribute To Ivan Marks’ with all proceeds going to
Angling journalist Tom Legge, who was Percy’s ghost writer for the Ivan Marks book project, said: “Percy was an angling giant with a personality to match. The sheer number of kids he inspired over so many years defies belief, and his passing leaves the whole sport poorer.”