Nostalgia: Memories of Leyland and Farington Boat Angling Club

Jack Bidwell presenting the Rose Bowl to the person who caught the biggest flat fish at the Leyland and Farington Boat Angling Club annual dinner
Jack Bidwell presenting the Rose Bowl to the person who caught the biggest flat fish at the Leyland and Farington Boat Angling Club annual dinner
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Having a fish shop in Leyland made Jack Bidwell a bit of an icon in the angling world.

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The 83-year-old was asked to present the Jack Bidwell Rose Bowl more than 40 years ago to the person who caught the biggest flat fish at the Leyland and Farington Boat Angling Club annual dinner.

The club opened in 1960 but it is not known when this photo was taken.

Jack, who now has five children and seven grandchildren, is pictured holding the Jack Bidwell rose bowl.

His wife, Barbara, 67, of Leyland, says: “Jack ran Bidwell’s Fish Shop in Hough Lane and his brother had a veg shop next door.

“He could not fish and so wasn’t part of the club, but as he had the fish shop, he was asked to donate something and present the rose bowl to the person who caught the biggest flat fish.

“He enjoyed the evening and was honoured to present the bowl. He can’t remember much more than that, so maybe readers could help?

“I don’t have a date for this photo but I think it was before we married, which is 39 years ago. A lot of people will remember Jack. His shop was always so busy.

“He served a lot of staff from nearby Leyland Motors. People sometimes had to queue outside.”

The picture shows, from left, Eric Lucas, Ted Eccles, John Brindle, from Fishwicks, Bob Cropper, Jack Bidwell and Coun Jo Haig.

n Does anyone have any more information or any old photographs? Email natalie.walker1@jpress.co.uk or call 01772 838104.