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Fleetwood RNLI welcome the cod champs

Lifeboats News Release

This Saturday (14th January) Fleetwood RNLI welcome cod fishermen from all over the UK and with a £1,000 prize for the biggest cod caught at Fleetwood’s Cod Championships, ensuring there was no shortage of fishermen wanting to enter the event, organised by Hazel Tipping of Hookers Baits, Beach Road,

Stormy Stan and Captain Cod, join volunteers from Fleetwood RNLI to welcome some of the Cod Champion competitors

RNLI/Kenneth Harcombe

Stormy Stan with Cod Champions

Added to the attraction, was the opportunity of raising funds for Fleetwood lifeboat station, which many fishermen enthusiastically support. The 145 capacity cod champs will fish off Fleetwood beach for this competition, ensuring there’s a local attraction to fundraising for the town’s RNLI lifeboat station.

Competitors are arriving from afar, with the Isle of Wight and Ireland being the home ground of some.

Hazel Tipping, of Hookers Baits organised a similar event last year and raised a staggering £2,600 for Fleetwood RNLI. She hopes to raise as much this year.

Hazel said, ‘There’s always great support for events raising money for our local lifeboat station. We’re hoping the weather is better than it was last year, but we’re sure everyone will enjoy it anyway. We know that with a £1,000 prize at stake, someone will walk away very happy !’

Daryl Randles, Coxswain at Fleetwood RNLI said ‘ We really appreciate local support and Hazel and her cod champs raise amazing amounts for our lifeboat station. We really can’t thank them enough.’

For more information please contact Ken Harcombe, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07970 197195 / [email protected] Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager, West, on 07786 668829/ [email protected]. Or, Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer West, on 07468 353082/ [email protected]

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