The Angling Trust are sad to report the passing of volunteer bailiff Neil ‘Ted’ Pocock, who received a Volunteering Excellence Award in 2019 for his commitment to the role.
Ted, a lifelong angler who fished a variety of waters around Yorkshire, was part of the first North East induction for volunteer bailiffs back in 2016 along with his long-standing friend Jurgen Mitchell.
Ted would link up with other volunteer bailiffs in the region for patrols along the waterways, assist in the repairs of riverbanks for the Wakefield Angling Club and received his Volunteering Excellence Award for excelling in the role and the quality of his intelligence reports.
Ted worked as a forklift truck operator at a foundry in Leeds until it closed in 2005.
If he fished overnight with a group of friends, Ted was the man to cook breakfast for everyone – he made a great breakfast of everything you should not have if you were keeping to a diet!
The Angling Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service would like to send condolences to Ted’s family and friends. His commitment to the Voluntary Bailiff Service was much valued and he will be sadly missed.