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It was the angling date of the year for two lads from Coventry Boys Club
It was the angling date of the year for two lads from Coventry Boys Club. "Would you like to fish with entertainer and keen angler Frankie Vaughan?" they were asked. The youngsters, Les Matthews and Ian Hadlow, turned up and found themselves casting their lines with the star into a brook that runs through Abbey Fields, Kenilworth. With them were two members of the Kenilworth St Johns Boys Club, Howard Boneham and Nigel Beasley. They didn't catch a thing. But Frankie made four firm fans. "He really knows his stuff on fishing and is so easy to talk to, " said Les. Frankie paid a flying visit to Kenilworth to speak at the annual lunch of the Angling Trade Association at the de Montford Hotel. the association had invited local boys clubs to offer members the chance to fish with Frankie. He announced that he would be talking to the National Association of Boys Clubs, of which he is president, with a view to setting up Frankie Vaughan angling scholarships. "A youngster with a rod in his hand is a far more responsible member of society than a lad with a brick in his hand, " he said. "Every Saturday half a million youngsters go fishing and never rate a single line in Monday morning's papers. Why? Because they don't hurl darts at each other, break windows, or wreak trains." Our photgraph shows Frankie Vaughan raising a laugh with a rubber worm with (l to r) Ian Hadlow, Les Matthews, Nigel Beasley and Howard Boneham.
10th May 1978