Angling tribute to tragic Caister teen

Keen fisherman Matthew Eckett who was killed after being hit by a bus  in Caister.

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Copy Keen fisherman Matthew Eckett who was killed after being hit by a bus in Caister. Picture: Collect Copy

Saturday, May 31, 2014
9:06 AM

A teenager’s memory is being kept alive by his angling friends who have organised an annual charity fishing match for the sixth consecutive year.

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Angler Matthew Eckett, 17, died when his moped was hit by a bus in Prince Of Wales Road, Caister, leaving him trapped under the wheels, in July 2008.

Since then Keith Hooker, who runs Snakes Meadow Fisheries, near Great Yarmouth, has organised an annual charity fishing match in his memory.

Mr Hooker said: “I knew Matthew for around a year before he died.

“He was one of these lads that make an impression.

“It took me six months to pluck up the courage to speak to his mother about his death.

“I then decided to hold an annual fishing event in his honour.

“This year’s event will be in aid of the Big C Cancer charity, instead of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

“This is because some of the volunteers who help to maintain the fishing lake’s high standards were 
struck with cancer earlier this year.

“The event is sponsored by the Grange pub in Ormesby St Margaret and will be held on Saturday, July 5 from 11am to 5pm.

“Pegs will be drawn at 10am and will cost £10. Prize draw tickets will be available on the day and any prizes for donations will be welcomed.”

The winner will receive a year’s free membership to Snakes Meadow Fisheries worth £105 and trophies will be presented to the top three competitors.

As reported, bus driver Dennis Kuhn pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without due care and attention and received an 18-month driving ban and £400 fine at Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court in January 2009.

Popular Matthew, who attended Caister High, was killed only yards from the home he shared with his family in the village.

He had gained NVQ and City and Guilds qualifications in engineering and welding at Great Yarmouth College.

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