Wilson’s Memorial Day is open to all

A memorial day for angling legend John Wilson MBE is to be held in a few months’ time – and every reader of Angling Times is invited to join his family and friends in a celebration of his life.

After his sudden death in Thailand in November, thousands of anglers paid tribute to the man who pioneered fishing on television and was awarded the MBE for his services to angling in 2009.

And now, contrary to earlier false reports, it has been confirmed that an official commemoration of John’s life will be held at 2pm on Friday, May 24 at the magnificent Norwich Cathedral – a fitting setting in which to remember the nation’s favourite angler.

Anyone wishing to honour John’s life is welcome to attend. His daughter Lisa will be speaking about her dad, while our own columnist, Keith Arthur, will talk about John’s angling career.

John’s close relative Martin Bowler will also be at the ceremony, where he will talk about the influence that John had on the sport and share some treasured memories. 

“John had a huge influence on so many anglers, whether they enjoyed his writing, TV work, shows or even simply a visit to his tackle shop,” said Martin. “There cannot be any other fisherman who has had such an impact on our sport. I know John’s widow Jo and all his family will welcome anyone who would like to celebrate his life at Norwich cathedral. There is no need to register in advance.”

l Angling Times is publishing a limited-edition book celebrating the life of our greatest-ever angler. 

The 132-page book will be launched at The Big One Show in Farnborough on March 23 and 24 – but you can pre-order by post on page 11 of this week’s issue.  

It will include many of John’s finest words and photographs, his 100 best fishing tips, plus a section detailing his favourite waters which will allow readers to follow in his footsteps.

Proceeds will go towards a memorial on Norfolk’s River Wensum, one of John’s favourite  angling destinations.