Fishing tribute to ‘best catch of all’

Fishermans memorial.'Sylvan Rose ,left, and Andy Macallaugh on the fishing platform at the mere which has been dedicated to the memory of Sylvans fiancee Bob Turner..The plaque attached to the fishing platform'Picture by Neil Silk  112847b
Fishermans memorial.'Sylvan Rose ,left, and Andy Macallaugh on the fishing platform at the mere which has been dedicated to the memory of Sylvans fiancee Bob Turner..The plaque attached to the fishing platform'Picture by Neil Silk 112847b

A SCARBOROUGH woman has paid tribute to her greatest catch after unveiling a special fishing platform in memory of her fiance.

Sylvan Rose, of Milton Avenue, has funded the angling aid at Scarborough Mere to remember Bob Turner, who died from cancer two years ago.

Fishermans memorial.'Sylvan Rose ,left, and Andy Macallaugh on the fishing platform at the mere which has been dedicated to the memory of Sylvans fiancee Bob Turner.'Picture by Neil Silk  112847a

Fishermans memorial.'Sylvan Rose ,left, and Andy Macallaugh on the fishing platform at the mere which has been dedicated to the memory of Sylvans fiancee Bob Turner.'Picture by Neil Silk 112847a

Miss Rose said Bob, who was left paralysed at 18 after a motorcycle accident, was a passionate fisherman who spent hours at the popular venue and regularly used its disabled facilities.

Miss Rose, a poet in the town, set up a charitable trust in her fiance’s name after his death and has taken part in a number of fundraisers including the Patterns of Hope anthology, which raised funds for St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough.

She said the fishing platform - inscribed with the message, ‘Bob Turner - The Best Catch of All’, was a fitting way to remember him.

She said: “Bob was a keen angler and would often make use of the fishing platforms.

“For anyone in a wheelchair, these can help to make waterside access much safer.

“It seems very fitting that he should be remembered in this way, and I hope the platform will be well used by many anglers.”

Andy MacCallaugh, honorary secretary of Scarborough Mere Angling Club, said he was honoured to allow the platform to be dedicated to Mr Turner and offered to build it at a reduced price.

He added: “‘It is only thanks to people like Sylvan that we can provide facilities like these.

A lot of disabled anglers need fishing platforms and her donation will help maintain access for vulnerable people so they can fish in safety and comfort.”