Fleet Hargate gets a taste of the Wild West

A gunslinger battles  to be named  the fastest draw of the American Frontier. SG090416-121TW

A gunslinger battles to be named the fastest draw of the American Frontier. SG090416-121TW

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Fleet Hargate became the American Frontier last weekend as 100 cowboys, Native Americans and civil war soldiers gathered for the British Westerners Association’s (BWA) tri-annual camp.

Campers immersed themselves in the Old West, axe-throwing, knife-throwing and lassoing before bunking down in 1800s-style Old Western tents each night at the Anglia Motel.

AUTHENTIC: Dave and Chris Smith in their 1800s camp. SG090416-134TW

AUTHENTIC: Dave and Chris Smith in their 1800s camp. SG090416-134TW

There was also a quick-draw competition to see who had the fastest hands in the West, as well as a performance from the Western group Country Born.

The event was organised by the BWA, a group of American history enthusiasts.

Keith Robinson of the BWA, whose cowboy name is Duckpond, said: “There is such a brilliant atmosphere at these events, especially on an evening around the fire in the authentic camp.”

The next camp held by the British Westerners Association will take place June 3-5at the Anglia Motel.

Cowboy Ian Mair. SG90416-128TW

Cowboy Ian Mair. SG90416-128TW

• More pictures in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.

HORSING AROUND: BWA members in their costumes SG090416-131TW

HORSING AROUND: BWA members in their costumes SG090416-131TW