Back in 1985 Yarm AA joined with the organisers of the towns twinning association and has been actively involved every since. The town we are twinned with is a small place on the outskirts of Paris called Vernouilett and their fishing club is the UPBL.
Each year one association play's host to the other entertaining their guest for what can only be explained as a very enjoyable long weekend. Wining and dining, fishing and sight seeing is all part of the weekend with as many as 100 people taking part. It is all based around the main event which is a fishing match on the Saturday.
It was Yarm’s turn to play host in September 2003, which was the 18th year of this event in which any member of Yarm AA can take part.
The bus arrived at around 10am after a brief diversion because of some accident and the beer started to flow. The first day was spent either relaxing or fishing on the Friday evening little groups went their separate ways to enjoy some local hospitality. The day of the big match saw us fishing below Yarm Road bridge and unfortunately it was a match where the fish didn’t seem to want to take part, but hey although it is taken seriously, it is also a day for having fun. Englishman Kevin Nelson lead the way with 3-10-0. JL Tourneux took second place with 2-12-8 while Nigel Robson was third just ˝ an ounce behind. Last in the money was Fredderick Thomas who had one of the few skimmers that showed, with 2-11-0. The English team were victorious on the day winning 18-10-8 to 15-15-8. Rule Brittania. The non fishing visitors and their hosts went to Beamish museum for the day thankfully all came back safely ready for the evenings festivities.
That evening we dined at the Parkmore before Dave Rowden announced the results after which gifts were exchanged prior to more wine and beer being consumed.
The next day some of us went to Halnaby where the fishing, as usual, was great as you can see from the photo’s there were some good fish caught.