FAMILY fishing sessions on the canal at Silsden have landed a number of potential new recruits to the pastime.

The free events for parents and children were organised by Keighley Angling Club.

And the sessions were run jointly by officials from both Keighley and Skipton angling clubs, which share a nine-mile stretch of water.

More than 40 adults and children responded to a Facebook invitation to get involved in the school-holiday initiative.

With expert guidance on hand, many youngsters brought roach, bream and perch to the canal bank.

Event organiser, Rob Carter, says: "The response to our social media message was fantastic.

"By sharing our knowledge and helping to get people started, many families have vowed to take up the pastime – which is marvellous for the sport and for our angling clubs as we constantly strive to encourage more young people to take up fishing.

"I would like to thank all the volunteers who willingly shared their time and valuable expertise.

"Both clubs now see our partnership as the way forward and we hope to collaborate on many other canal-based activities in the future.

"Thanks also go to Bradford Council for a grant which helped to supply essential equipment."