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The anglers who took part in the Fishing for Heroes event at Thrunton Long Crag.
The anglers who took part in the Fishing for Heroes event at Thrunton Long Crag.
Andy wins 'heroes' fund-raiser

ANDY Richmond from Dreghorn, Ayrshire, won the Fishing For Heroes fund-raiser  at Thrunton Long Crag with 15 for 16lb 8oz. Gary Clarke from Consett was second with 12lb 11oz, William Cromby from Eyemouth had the heaviest fish at 6lb 5oz and Fiona McArthur from Newcastle had personal best 4lb 1oz rainbow.

The event, which also included a raffle, auction and BBQ, raised almost £4,000 for the charity. See Thrunton

Tyne, Tees and Wear fish count data

THE fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for July is now available on the web.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

181,683 rod licences issued in 2013

FRESHWATER anglers in the  Environment Agency's North East region paid more than £3.41m in rod licence fees in 2013.

Figures show that 175,498 trout and coarse (T&C) licences were issued, with game anglers buying 6,185 salmon and sea trout (S&S) licences.

A total 72,500 full T&C licences at £27 each brought in £1,957,500, while 2,615 full S&T licences at £72 raised £188,280.

In addition to the full S&T licences, there were 207 disabled concessions at £48 each, 1,246 one-day licences (£8), 335 eight-day licences (£23), 415 junior concessions (£5) and 1,279 senior concessions (£48) issued.

There were also seven upgrade disabled, 61 upgrade full, two upgrade junior and 18 upgrade senior but no cost was available online for these.

But the real moneyspinner was the trout and coarse licence, where, in addition to the full licences, 6,955 disabled concession at £18 each, 60,364 one-day licences (£3.75), 5,826 eight-day licences (£10) and 9,936 junior concessions (£5) were issued.

Set off on an Arctic adventure from Newcastle onboard the Boudicca

THE Arctic is one of the most magnificent and hard-to-reach regions in the world, but, next year, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) is offering guests the chance to experience this unspoiled destination on a 27-night Arctic Adventure & Exploration voyage from Newcastle.

Leaving on August 2 next year, this cruise, on smaller, more intimate Boudicca will allow guests to cross the Arctic Circle, witness the majestic fjords of Norway, take in the peaks and pinnacles of Iceland and Greenland, and - maybe - spot some fantastic wildlife such as whales, dolphins, sea eagles, Huskies and, even, polar bears.

FOCL sales and marketing director Nathan Philpot said: "This dramatic cruise is bound to appeal to even the most seasoned traveller. Firstly, it is one of the most unusual and cultural itineraries that we have ever offered to our guests, with visits to Greenland and Spitsbergen - both of which are extremely difficult to reach by air; secondly, it offers wildlife and photography enthusiasts the chance to capture some incredible moments; and thirdly, guests will have the chance to enjoy some of the best scenic cruising available, anywhere in the cruise industry " 

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There may be a chance to see polar bears on the Boudicca's Arctic Adventure from Newcastle.
There may be a chance to see polar bears on the Boudicca's Arctic Adventure from Newcastle.

Enjoy Norway's greatest fjords sailing direct from Newcastle

For 2015, FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL)'s guests will have the chance to experience the very best fjords of Norway on Boudicca's nine-night The Greatest Fjords of Norwaycruise, D1520, which leaves Newcastle on Septermber 11 next year.

The cruise was inspired by Fjord Norway's 2013 online photo competition, Best of Fjord Norway, which saw more than 6,000 images entered and judged by Norwegians, to compete for a place in the Top 10 Norway Fjord Experiences.

Prices start from £999 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin, ‘Inside' cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues.

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Last updated: 1300 Wednesday September 17 2014.