FOR the eighteenth consecutive year, members of the Rotary Club of Corringham Thameside played host to a group of Special Needs children from the Special Needs Activity Club in Grays, at their annual fishing day at South Ockendon on Sunday 21st July 2013.
Each of the children was allocated to an experienced fisherman from the Anniversary Fishing Syndicate, who provided all the necessary equipment and instructed the children in the art of angling.
On a warm sunny afternoon the children managed to catch more than 100 fish, with Bradley Sykes taking the honours for landing the most (48).
But it was Chris Watt who landed the day’s biggest fish, a creditable 12lb 10 oz common carp.
Both children and adults were served a constant stream of hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks by the Rotarians, before each child was presented with a trophy to mark their efforts. The trophies were presented by Rotary Club
President Danny Lawrence, who in turn received a cheque for £200 from the fishing club to help the Rotary Club’s work in the community. A very much appreciated gift.
All the children returned home with huge smiles on their faces and many a story of the ones that got away.