Fishery owner touched by public’s generosity

Martin Taylor owner of Fir Tree Fishery, Appley Bridge - where thousands of pounds worth of equipment, including specialist disabled fishing tackle has been stolen

Martin Taylor owner of Fir Tree Fishery, Appley Bridge - where thousands of pounds worth of equipment, including specialist disabled fishing tackle has been stolen

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THE owner of a Wigan fishery has paid a heartfelt ‘thank-you’ after the general public rallied around to help after a £17,000 burglary.

Staff at Fir Tree Fishery were left devastated when callous thieves broke into their Appley Bridge premises three weeks ago.

As well as fishing tackle, computers, digital cameras and other electrical equipment used to help with children and the fishery’s work with disabled children, were also taken.

Fir Tree fishery is a CIC, meaning it is not profit making so the burglary hit its work hard.

Last week, the Evening Post ran a story detailing what had gone missing and how devastating it had been for owner Martin Taylor.

In the wake of that article though, Wiganers have moved in their droves to offer a helping hand.

Whether it be the offer of fishing equipment or just a simple word of kindness, Martin says he has been moved by the town’s generosity.

“It’s been so overwhleming,” he said.

“So many people have been in contact, it’s totally restored my faith in humanity after what happened.

“The community just got behind us completely and it means so much. It’s wonderful.

“We’ve had lots of people donating fishing stuff and even had a charity shop in Gidlow Lane get in contact who have helped us too.”

Detectives who scoured the scene believe that those responsible made a number of trips to and from the premises which are on The Nook.

Martin was actually on holiday at the time and staff notified him on his return.

One of the many businesses and people to offer a helping hand has been the Running Horses pub in Orrell.

Landlord Neil Frodsham read what had happened and wanted to get involved so is organising a charity race night.

He said: “We haven’t got a date yet but it’s something we are organising and we hope to raise a few hundred pounds to help.

“What has happened has been awful. We were talking about it and saying how wrong it was. We are a local community around here and we always look at helping our own. We’ve held lots of fund-raisers.”

After finding out of the Running Horses’ plans, Martin said: “It’s so touching that people are offering to help like this, it really does mean the world to us. I want to thank Neil and everyone there for the support.”