THE Mayor of Winchester joined pupils form Osborne School for a spot of fly fishing.

Pupils from the school for children with learning disabilities spent a sunny afternoon in the grounds of Winchester College.

The students cast their flies from the banks of the River Itchen, ably instructed by local fly fishing coach Steve Batten and inspired by the mayor, who successfully hooked a small brown trout.

The activity was assisted by senior pupils from Winchester College through the school’s Community Service programme, which gives pupils the opportunity to broaden their life skills.

The College has established a successful link with Osborne School over many years and runs fly fishing sessions for pupils on a weekly basis throughout the summer term.

Mayor Cllr David McLean said: “I spent a couple of glorious hours at Winchester College being taught the art of fly fishing and then being able to impart my new found knowledge to the pupils of Osborne School.... The enthusiasm of the young students was a joy to behold!”

Nikki Bolt from Osborne School added: “The pupils are always very excited about the summer term and their opportunity to visit Winchester College for their fishing club. The fishing trips are a great chance for the students to learn and practice a new skill and to socialise with other students they might not know.”

Clare Talks, Director of Community Service at Winchester College said: “We were delighted that the beautiful surrounds of the College could play host to the pupils of Osborne School and the Mayor. The weather helped to make it the perfect afternoon for all involved.”