Punk star gives fishing talk in Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 15:53 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 17 May 2017

Amwell Magna Fishery occupies a two-mile stretch of river.

Amwell Magna Fishery occupies a two-mile stretch of river.


A punk rock hero will visit Welwyn next week, but in a very different role to the one that won him fame nearly 40 years ago.

Ulster-born Feargal Sharkey, who enjoyed hits with The Undertones and as a solo artist, will speak at the Civic Centre, Prospect Place, on the evening of May 24.

But he will reveal very different secrets from the stories behind Teenage Kicks (Number 31 1978) and A Good Heart (Number One 1986).

He has entitled his talk “The History of the Amwell Magna Fishery”.

The former rock star is archivist for the fishing club near Ware, the oldest in Britain still fishing the same water.

Amwell Magna was founded in 1831 on a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of the River Lee downstream from Ware.

Izaak Walton, just one of its celebrity fishermen, gave a vivid account of its delights in his 1653 classic The Compleat Angler.

It is the only part of the river still supporting native brown trout.

The 8pm talk, organised by the Welwyn Natural History Society, costs £4.

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