Big carp expert Dave Lane (left) is again lined up for Linear’s Fish With The Stars.

EVER wanted to fish with one of the UK’s leading carp stars? Well Linear Fisheries, Oxfordshire, are offering you just such an opportunity on August 12-14.

The aim is to raise money to help the Milton Keynes Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and to help fund research into the disease.

Milton Keynes has a very active branch that works hard for the MND sufferers, carers and families of Milton Keynes and North Buckinghamshire.

The event is run by Len Gurd and his wife Fran, both of whom were widowed because of this dreadful disease.

Len said: ‘Linear will be engaging the help of a number of celebrity anglers, led by Lee Jackson, to give their time to carp fish with an equal number of angling members of the public who will be invited to pay a donation to take part in the three day event.

‘Not all the helpers will be known celebrity anglers and will also include at least two of the country’s very successful carp anglers who are Linear bailiffs; they will be able to offer a wealth of advice to those fishing with them.

‘The event will not be run as a competition but as a social event with food and drink available on site. So far we have names like Ian Russell, Ian Chillcott, Ben and Barry O’Connor, Bryan Jarrett and many more.

‘Places will be on a first come first served basis and a donation of £300 per person will be collected from those invited to attend – all of which will go to the charity. ‘Invites to fish will be limited to the number of volunteers we have which we hope will be numbered from the mid thirties to forty, so there will be plenty of room to fish on the two lakes.

‘Food on the Monday and Tuesday evening will be provided free and will include a hog roast on the Tuesday evening.

‘A free BBQ breakfast will also be available on the Tuesday and Wednesday morning and there will be a bar in the evenings.

‘The popular group, O’Casan has offered to play for us on the Tuesday evening of the event.

‘Linear and the fishing trade have donated raffle prizes to run a special raffle for the event and tickets will be sold on the bank to angling visitors, by Linear bailiffs, in the build up to the event as well as at the event.

‘There will be an auction on the Tuesday evening.

‘Suitable items for auction will be sought through both the angling world and outside. The auctioneer will be long time carp angler Chris Ball who will also carry out the draw for the raffle.

‘As well as closing their two waters for the event Linear has donated a budget for food and Hugh Pickett of Blackbird Caterers has kindly volunteered himself and his company’s services to take care of all the cooking.’

Those wishing to be invited to this event and Fish with the Stars should send their donation of £300 to Linear Fisheries MND Event, 7 Crow Lane, Lower End, Wavendon, Bucks, MK17 8AR.

Cheques should be made payable to MND Association/MK BRANCH.


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