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Anglers fiercely contest 25th Paul Roggeman European Open Beach Championships

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Over 1,200 anglers from both the UK and abroad descended on the Holderness Coast to compete for a prize fund of £35,000 in the Paul Roggeman European Open Beach Championships, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The three-day event earlier this month (9-11 February) was one of the best yet and saw record numbers taking part.

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: "The feedback we have received about this year's event has been very positive. The Paul Roggeman European Open Beach Championships is one of the most eagerly anticipated competitions on the angling calendar and was keenly contested by competitors from all over Europe, including Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

"As well as being an exciting three days of fishing, the event helps promote the East Riding as a tourist destination and benefits the local economy to the tune of almost half-a-million pounds.

"I'd like to congratulate all those who took part in the event, as we now begin planning for the competition in 2019."

The competition's overall winner was Paul Medd, from Peterborough, whose aggregate score was 5765 grams.

Paul said: "The EOBC is a fantastic shore angling event that offers something for all competitors. It's a great social occasion and the Holderness Coast provides some of the best fishing in the UK. Successful competitors receive fabulous prizes for their efforts.

"The format and professional organisation of the championship is credit to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its event partners. This helps to make the EOBC one of the best angling events in Europe.

"My dad and I will certainly keep coming back to take part in future years"

The event HQ was against located at Sand Le Mere Holiday Village.

James Flynn, head of operations for Bridge Leisure, said: "We have invested more than £10 million to turn Sand le Mere into the very best holiday village on the East Yorkshire coast.

"The result of our efforts is that we can attract important events such as the European Open Beach Championship, which provides an exciting start to the year for us and a valuable income boost to businesses throughout our local area.

"We are delighted with the work East Riding of Yorkshire Council does to organise such a prestigious event and to keep it growing year after year."

For more information about the event and results, visit www.eobc.co.uk

Dates for the 2019 event will be released shortly.

Photo Councillor Richard Burton presents Paul Medd with his EOBC prize alongside Tez Roggeman, wife of competition founder Paul Roggeman