£35k up for grabs in European Open Beach Championship angling contest
EAST YORKSHIRE: More than 1,000 competitors are hoping to reel in their share of £35,000 as the world's largest three-day beach angling festival takes place on the East Coast.
The European Open Beach Championship begins on Thursday, March 7 in the new championship headquarters of Sand Le Mere Holiday Village in Tunstall.
Attracting visitors from all over Europe, the event is estimated to bring £250,000 to the local economy.
Keith Lamming, owner of East Coast Fishing Tackle, in Hornsea, said: "This year it seems to have improved yet further.
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"The competition has developed so much over the last ten years and now with the interest from across Europe we are getting enquiries every day.
"It kicks the year off well for us and I know a lot of the local pubs and guest houses are exactly the same.
"Few businesses can say they have their busiest trading period at the beginning of March."