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Two Tone the carp, who died in August
Two Tone the carp, who died in August

The future for Britain's most celebrated fish has been put on ice.

Two Tone, the nation's biggest carp, reached a staggering weight of 67lbs 14oz before its untimely death in August.

Anglers from throughout Britain attended a 'funeral' at its Conningbrook Lake home, with a plaque erected in his honour.

But now the record breaker is suffering a more humble fate - in a freezer at South East Water's Mid Kent Fisheries base in Chilham.

It was originally hoped the legend would be stuffed and put on display in the Natural History Museum.

But The Brett Group, which leases Conningbrook Lake to Mid Kent Fisheries, has yet to reach a decision on the carp’s future.

Around 50 anglers gathe to pay their last respects to Two Tone, Britain’s largest mirror carp, at Ashford's Conningbrook Lake
Around 50 anglers gathe to pay their last respects to Two Tone, Britain’s largest mirror carp, at Ashford's Conningbrook Lake

One possibility is for the fish to go on display in a museum in Canterbury.

Mid Kent Fisheries manager Chris Logsdon said: “I just want it to be viewed by as many people as possible.”

Meanwhile, water giant South East Water is planning to sell its estate in Chilham, including Mid Kent Fisheries, for up to £3million.

The site at the old mill in Mill Lane, Chilham, bought by Mid Kent Water and developed into a fishery in 1991, will go on the market next month.

South East Water hopes to raise £2m to £3m from the sale which includes the fishery business, two cottages, seven lakes and a section of the River Stour, with fishing rights.

However the fishery-managed Conningbrook Lake in Ashford is not up for the sale.

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