Sir Ian Botham lends his support to river charity

The Advertiser Series: Auctioneer Andrew Fallows (Carter Jonas) with Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Brown, Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. Auctioneer Andrew Fallows (Carter Jonas) with Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Brown, Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust.

CRICKET legend Sir Ian Botham was the star guest at a charity auction is aid of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust.

The event, held at Swinton Park, near Masham, raised almost £5,000 for the cause, with a fishing rod donated by Orvis of Harrogate fetching the top price, £500.

Sir Ian gave an inspirational speech on the joys of fly-fishing and aid that for him it had proved to be a great way of relieving the stress of a busy life.

Trust chairman Andrew Brown said all the money raised at the event would be used to help reduce river bank erosion.

He added: “Cutting down erosion will help prevent sediment smothering gravel spawning areas vital to maintain populations of salmon and brown trout.”

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