At last, it’s sunny for archers’ ‘Sherry Shoot’!

For once, sun at the tournament
For once, sun at the tournament

MORE than 50 Archers travelled from as far afield as South Yorkshire, Bridlington, Lancashire and the Lake District to join White Rose Archers for the annual Longbow - Western “Sherry Shoot“ Tournament.

For the first time it was hot and sunny at Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club for the competition. Rain, hail and thunderstorms have hit the event for the last 16 years.

Four dozen arrows are shot at each distance of 60 and 50 yards.

Those who were not shooting too well had the saving grace of plenty of food supplied by Walsden club members. There was also the usual sherry after every two dozen arrows and orange juice and hot drinks for the drivers.

After the main competition the archers shoot an “Agincourt Volley”, on the command of the Field Captain Derek Eastwood, arrows are shot - all at the same time. Three arrows are shot and there is a prize for the one nearest the centre of the gold.

Colin Hope won the men’s prize and was also a member of the winning team.

Second was John Geldard and third, another winning team member Adrian Hayes. Lewis Mitchell won the verterans award and the “Agincourt Volley”..

Betty Wylie won the women’s competition from Sarah Davall and Ann Shooter. Hilary Lydon won the veterans award.

White Rose member Ben Fitton won the junior award.

Steve Tilston won the Gordon Foster Trophy.