Fishing exhibition in Manchester is to be headlined by a woman for the first time

A fishing exhibition for northern anglers is to be headlined by a woman from Germany for the first time.

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Now in its seventh year, the Northern Angling Show is set to welcome more than 17,000 visitors to Manchester’s Event City later this month – and for the first time ever the star attraction will be a woman.

Claudia Darga aged 30 will give talks to the crowds on both days of the weekend event in a slot that was last year filled by TV explorer Jeremy Wade.

Miss Darga has more than 150,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram who tune in for her regular bankside updates.

This year’s show will be the first time the fluent English speaker has headlined a UK angling exhibition.

Claudia said: “I’m super excited to be attending the Northern Angling Show. I’ve heard great things and I’m honoured to be the first-ever female special guest to feature on the main stage”

Show director Nick Maddix said: “Angling has embraced social media just as much as any other sport and Claudia has become one of the most popular anglers on the planet through her online presence.

“Her infectious enthusiasm for the sport connects with people of all ages. We’re sure she will be a big hit at the event.”

The Northern Angling Show began in 2013 to satisfy the demand of local anglers looking to see the newest tackle and hear talks from the sport’s star names.

“The north of the country is a real hotbed for passionate anglers but unfortunately a lot of the angling events take place down south.

“Some species of fish certainly grow bigger in the southern counties, and there’s a strong tradition of Lancashire anglers travelling great distances for their fishing, but we wanted to provide something on their doorsteps.

“We started out with about 50 exhibitors and around 4,000 visitors in that first year. “Last year we welcomed more than 16,500 visitors and this year we’ll have over 150 exhibitors.”

Latest government figures show more than 100,000 people in England go fishing at least twice a month.

“There’s a stereotypical image of anglers as boring men in waders hunched beneath a brolly on a polluted canal,” said Mr Maddix, “but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“At this year’s Northern Angling Show you’ll find plenty of young anglers, women, and technology that shows fishing has moved with the times.”

The event runs from 9am until 4pm on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24. Under 12s get in free and one-day tickets begin at £10. For more details visit: www.northernanglingshow.co.uk

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