Last Thursday saw the funeral of local Terry Carroll who passed away on March 14th after a short illness. Not a name known to many outside of the local community but his hand made fishing rods, under the brand name Zziplex, are known throughout the world.
Starting their business from home at Dungeness in 1980 (moving later to a small industrial unit in New Romney) Terry and wife Barbara strove to produce the perfect fishing rod and their dedication to, not only their business but one another, lead to their eventual and deserved success.
Until recently every single rod produced by the factory was made by Terry himself, making him the biggest single influence on the casting and fishing scene in the U.K. His creations are much copied but never emulated and can be seen at every saltwater or casting venue. He was also the U.K. casting champion several times during the sixties and seventies and it was this success that eventually lead to making his own rods – and the rest is history as the saying goes.
A quite couple, Barbara and Terry however supported local issues and back in the 'good old days' when there was a more involved local community Terry would be around for the annual Mayday Festival and Lifeboat fund raising.
A sad loss and condolences to Barbara but long may the name Zziplex continue in his memory.