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Long Melford: Angler George Rowe shuts up shop after 20 years running Sudbury Angling in town centre

PUBLISHED: 09:30 20 December 2013

George Rowe, who has decided to hang up his fishing rod after 20 years trading in the town.

The sad news is that Sudbury Angling (commonly known as

George Rowe, who has decided to hang up his fishing rod after 20 years trading in the town. The sad news is that Sudbury Angling (commonly known as "George's") has closed down after twenty years. George blames it on excessive business rates and the fact that anglers are purchasing their tackle on the internet. The shop will be sorely missed by most of the anglers in the area.

Fishing enthusiast George Rowe has been passionate about the sport since he was a young boy.

So much so that in 1993, he turned his obsession into a business and opened an angling shop in Sudbury’s North Street.

Sudbury Angling became an immediate hit with the area’s fishing community, offering a meeting place and a centre for anyone with questions about the best fishing spots, techniques or local clubs.

But after 20 years and due to a number of factors, Mr Rowe, 71, has decided to hang up his fishing rod and close the store.

He told the EADT he regretted having to make the decision but he could no longer make the business pay.

He said: “Business started to slide in 2008 at the start of the recession but it has gradually got worse and the internet has taken more and more trade. The excessive business rates and rents have also played a part.

“Another big reason is that kids don’t seem to fish like we did when we were little because they prefer to play on their Xboxes.

“Technology seems to have taken over, which is a bit of a worry. It’s a shame because they are missing out on a great outdoor activity which will teach them about a lot of important things, like wildlife and conservation.”

When the news broke that the shop was closing, anglers took to Facebook to express their disappointment.

Customer Roger Fleming said: “It is sad news that Sudbury Angling – commonly known as “George’s” – has closed down. The shop will be sorely missed by most of the anglers in the area.”

Mr Rowe, from Long Melford, hopes retirement will enable him to spend more time on the riverbank doing what he loves.

He added: “I have met lots of friends over the years through the business. I’d really like to thank everyone who has supported me.”

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