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Dates for the 25th Paul Roggeman European Open Beach Championships announced

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The Paul Roggeman European Open Beach Championships will take place from Friday, 9 to Sunday, 11 February 2018, with tickets now available for the event.

Next year will mark the popular angling event's 25th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone the event will have a prize fund totalling more than £35,000 and more surprise giveaways to be announced.

The event site will be held once more at Sand Le Mere Holiday Village, near Withernsea, with fishing from the north end of North Marine Promenade, Bridlington, to the Pilot Jetty at Spurn Point.

The main competition takes place on Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 February, with the Flattie Bash warm up event on Friday, 9 February. Mappleton Beach has been added as a new location for this event as well as the usual Hornsea Beach location.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, a dedicated website for the event: www.eobc.co.uk has been launched as well.

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: "The Paul Roggeman European Open Beach Championships attracts around 1,000 anglers each year, making it one of the most popular fishing festivals in the world. "As well as providing a first-class event, attended by competitors from all over Europe, it also supports the local tourism economy at what is usually a quiet time of the years for businesses."

The event was renamed in memory of its founder Paul Roggeman after he passed away in 2015.

Will Hall, EY Events manager, said: "Paul started the European Open Beach Championships in Bridlington and it is remarkable to see how a small two-day beach fishing competition has grown and developed into what it is today. This was made possible by Paul's tireless hard work and dedication to make the event a success and is matched every year by the fantastic support of those participating."The event is truly unique and next year's 25th championships will be the biggest and best yet, so buy your tickets early."

For further information about the Paul Roggeman European Open Beach Championships or to buy your ticket, visit www.eobc.co.uk

photo on the left EOBC 2017 - Winner Grahame Elliott