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Councillor Mrs Jean O’Donnell on the tranquillity of angling

There’s a certain discipline with regard to fishing. It’s not one of your wild activities. There's something really rather pleasant and calming about it which I think has an effect on the psyche. Water is particularly good for people, even just looking at water or listening to it. I think it appeals to something deep inside us, the tranquillity and the oneness with nature that you don’t always get. You can stop and think about things. You can unwind. You can unwind at the riverside. Not that youngsters have much to unwind. But I like this idea, it calms their mind.

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Female angler on learning to fish and art

My father stared me fishing, and every year we used to holiday on the Norfolk Broads. It was everyday, fish, fish, from first chink of light to no light at all. He started me as a young girl, and now my whole families fishes...But I think I would have started fishing on own because I’m an artist as well, not a professional just amateur, and I sit and don’t just fish, I take everything in and it’s up here [in my head]. I love wildlife for sketching, painting, all sorts of mediums.

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