TV angler becomes festival patron

A competitor in last year's Bexhill Sea Angling Festival
A competitor in last year's Bexhill Sea Angling Festival

Television personality and celebrity angler Keith Arthur has agreed to become a patron of the Bexhill Sea Angling Festival.

Arthur, who presents the popular fishing show Tight Lines on Sky Sports as well as the TalkSPORT radio show Fisherman’s Blues, has been a keen supporter of the festival since its inception last year.

The popular angler/broadcaster often mentioned the festival on his shows and in his weekly column for the Angling Times.

This year’s festival will be held between September 7 and September 15. The big festival weekend on Bexhill’s seafront will be held on September 7-8, including the food festival, games, entertainment, coaching and angling competitions.

The festival is organised by local anglers, Hook Line and Sinker tackle shop and the Bexhill Sea Angling Club, with support from Rother District Council and the Angling Trust.

Arthur, who is an Angling Trust ambassador, said: “When the concept of a Bexhill Sea Angling Festival was first mentioned to me, I was happy to help with promoting the event.

“I managed to persuade my Sky Sports Tight Lines producer to send a crew down to record part of the proceedings and when I was invited to become a patron of the festival, I leapt at the opportunity.”

Bexhill Sea Angling Festival chairman Steve Hanks said: “We feel privileged that Keith has accepted our offer to become a patron. He has supported the festival from the very start, using his considerable influence in the angling community and the media to help us. Keith is a household name and to have his backing in an official capacity can only be good news for the festival.”