Is there a better way to spend a cold wet drizzly day in the great outdoors, than to shoot at bits of clay thrown up in the air? The answer is definitely none, according to the renowned ‘Aigburth Gunners’. Who are they you may well ask, never heard of them say others. Mark my words, you soon will. It was after seeing various posters and articles appertaining to the West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Society, particularly in relation to an advertised charity shoot, that an interest was kindled within Aigburth Lodge No 4103.
The society was holding a ‘charity clay day’ at Ribblebank, near Preston, complete with lessons and the loan of equipment. It was open to all, from the complete novice, up to and including somebody as accomplished as Annie Oakley, although she again failed to turn up at the event. The lure of a good day out was too good an opportunity to miss, like most of their shots later on, so members of Aigburth Lodge got together to co-ordinate the trip.
All wrapped up, they travelled to the frozen north from Liverpool, soon reaching their destination and although the weather proved to be extremely cold, they all enjoyed a memorable and successful day. One member had the brazen audacity to exclaim: “This was the day when the clays were defeated.” Little does he realise, that research and development may well now be in process to arm the clays with lasers to enable them to fire back and even up the odds. In the meantime, it is nice to report that the event was very well attended and all the attendees, including the novice brethren, are now joining the society. The members of Aigburth Lodge are all looking forward too many more shoots whilst participating in this exhilarating sport. In time they hope to improve their aim and join the sharpshooters from the West Lancashire team who won the Jonathon Spence Tercentenary Challenge last year and hope to retain it in 2018.