THE sun shone on anglers at an Odiham lake as they took part in a fishing match in memory of a popular Basingstoke man.

More than 25 friends and family of Terry Dobbie picked a spot at Bowsaw Lake, near Roke Farm, for the annual memorial match to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice, in Basingstoke.

Terry, from Popley, died at the age of 53 in 2007 after battling cancer. The match took place last Saturday, on what would have been his 61st birthday.

“This is exactly where he would have been today,” said his daughter, Laura Waissen.

The 33-year-old, from Cilddesden, added: “We have got to the point with this match where it’s not about the money – it’s about Dad, and the bonus is we can give a bit back. It’s nice for friends and family to get together and remember him.”

Those taking part were catching carp, but there was also perch and tench in the water.

One unfortunate competitor, Chris Grant, caught a 13lb carp but it found its way back in the water, after he had posed with it for a photo for The Gazette.

The event sponsors were Astral PMS, where Mr Dobbie worked as a plumbing and heating engineer, NBM Engraving and Tadley Angling.