HUGELY popular all-round angler Jan Porter, who died last year, is to be remembered with a charity memorial event which is harnessing social media, and you can participate in it.
The special event in memory of Jan Porter is running through the Facebook page called redorrealtree.
Some of the very best anglers are involved in this event which aims to pull angling together, and also donate to the Aylesford hospice and to Cancer Research UK.
Jan Porter died in April 2016 after battling cancer for the previous few years …. but it was still a huge shock the ‘man in red’ passed away.
The 60-year-old became famous for his red attire in the 1970s and 80s while fishing matches, especially on his local River Trent in Nottingham. Jan also represented Norway in the World Championships and rebuilt the Shakespeare Superteam.
In the 1990s Jan turned into the ‘man in camo’ as a specimen hunter and became Shimano chief consultant and showed what a versatile angler he was. His enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for fishing came through his media and TV work.
Memorial event co-organiser Andy Lewis said: “The main weekend of event will be 11th-13th of August, when we will end the auctions and also share the pictures of people fishing around the country in either red or Realtree.
“The social media link through Instagram and Facebook will be trending as #redorrealtree.
“There are many guiding days being included in the event by the country’s top anglers, from specimen, carp, lure and match.
“There will be continued posts of winners fishing so it hopefully will self-populate and reach many people.
“A reminder that the way in which people can donate/participate will be through a JustGiving page. A £5 donation will enter them into the draw for various prizes.
“There will also be a silent auction running for some of the larger prizes, as we feel this will generate the most money to give to both charities involved.
“We will also be asking Jan’s family to pick some of the pictures posted on the social media sites from the weekend wearing red or Realtree to award some prizes.
“We hope this memorial event will not only celebrate one of angling’s most loved legends, but also generate both lots of money for the charities and good publicity for angling as a whole.
“With the prizes promised it is sure to be a great tribute to Jan,” added Andy, who is running the Facebook page redorrealtree where you can find out more information.
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