Angling legend John Wilson has finally been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the sport by being made an MBE.
The 65-year-old Go Fishing star, who has graced our TV screens for more than 20 years, received national recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
John joins a small, but select band of high-profile anglers, including Bob Nudd, Alan Scotthorne and Dick Clegg, in receiving prestigious awards from the Queen.
John has made more than 160 fishing programmes, with the first being aired on Channel 4 in 1987. At its peak, the show was watched by 3.2 million viewers and the famous Wilson laugh helped make the Norfolk-based angler the most famous face in the sport.
His MBE recognises his outstanding contribution to fishing as both a broadcaster and an author.
“This is fantastic news and a great honour,” said John, who alongside his TV work, has written 30 books and contributed to a further 40. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing. It really is something special when all your hard work is recognised at the highest possible level. I can’t wait to visit Buckingham Palace to pick up my MBE.”
Angling Times editor Richard Lee was among the first to offer his congratulations to John.
“The contribution John Wilson has made to fishing is almost immeasurable and this award is long, long overdue,” said Richard. “I’m sure I speak for the whole sport when I say ‘well done John’.”