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Sam Harris Awarded MBE for Services to Sea Angling

17.08.15

Sam Harris Awarded MBE for Services to Sea Angling

In great news for angling, popular BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Sam Harris has been awarded the Honour of the MBE for "Services to Sea Angling" and in recognition for the work he has done for various charities over the last 50 years.

Sam has spent a lifetime in angling and angling politics and has caught huge fish all over the world including a 140lb blue shark in southern Ireland and a 75lb Sailfish in Kenya. Sam started game fishing at the age of six on the River Erne and progressed to coarse angling on the Yorkshire Ouse but in 1945 he took up sea fishing - both boat and shore - in the North East of England, where he still lives. Despite being best known for his sea angling activities he still enjoys pike fishing in Scotland.

Sam has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of angling outside the angling community, and has always aimed to improve fishing for his local North East anglers, through his involvement in various angling organisations and committees. The events Sam has organised have raised thousands of pounds for charity, and competitions that he still run continue to introduce hundreds of youngsters to our sport each year.

Sam Harris MBE said: "The people who helped me get this award were my wife Christine and all of the anglers and tackle companies who have supported the various charity angling events that I have helped to run over the years, especially those in the North East. My thanks to every one of you - it's your Award!"

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