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ENTRIES are flooding in for this year’s European Open Beach Championship, the largest three-day beach angling event of its kind anywhere in the world.

Despite the economic doom and gloom around Europe, competitors from across the continent are bucking the trend and signing up to take part in this hugely popular Bridlington-based event.

Intensive promotion of the championship, including an extremely successful exhibition in Belgium, has succeeded in attracting more new entries than ever before.

This year’s competition will now also feature entrants for the first time from Germany and Poland, alongside anglers from nine other European nations, all competing for the £25,000 prize fund and the chance to be crowned European Open Beach Champion.

The event is organised by East Yorkshire Events in association with Total SeaFishing Magazine and will be held from March 2.

The weekend starts with the eagerly anticipated Bridlington Flattie Bash on the Friday, which is the ideal preparation for the weekend’s main championship.

Kieran Lawry, from East Yorkshire Events, said: “We are thoroughly delighted that so many new anglers have already booked for this year’s competition. It means we can really look forward to welcoming a large number of first time visitors to the area and showcasing what a fantastic place East Yorkshire is.

“The big increase in interest from across Europe is a fantastic reward for all the time, hard work and effort spent promoting the event on the continent.

“The championship is a massive boost for the area’s economy in a traditionally quiet period and continues our commitment of delivering world class events in the East Riding of Yorkshire.”

Although this festival of beach fishing now attracts the cream of European shore angling, it remains true to its original values of offering a fun and enjoyable event that is open and accessible to all, with separate sections dedicated to junior girls and boys, as well as senior women’s and men’s competitions.

They will all be aiming to emulate last year’s overall winner, Phil Darby from Guisborough, who walked away with a large share of the £25,000 prize fund and the crown of European Champion.

Tickets are available for the competition and can be purchased at www.eyevents.co.uk/events/open or by cheque/postal order to:

EY Events, Room JG53B, County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA.

(made payable to East Riding of Yorkshire Council)

Last year’s event attracted almost 1,000 anglers, and this year is the 20th anniversary since its formation as the Bridlington Open Beach Championship.