Englands

England’s anglers cast coronavirus worries aside, return to action

By William James and Ben Makori

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – The whoosh and splosh of fishing lines break the silence of a sunny morning on the banks of an English reservoir as dozens of anglers cast their rods in search of trout, and a few precious hours of escape from the coronavirus crisis.

Days after Britain eased its lockdown restrictions, the bucolic scene at Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford, central England, is being played out all across the country as fisheries are allowed to reopen their gates for the first time in seven weeks.

“Today is just a lovely thing to be able to do just given the current state of everything,” said Patrick Quelch a 52-year old part-time primary school teacher.

“You obviously think about the whole COVID thing and how it’s affecting people … But when you’re out here, it’s an escapism, isn’t it? It’s time to not think

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