YOUR LETTERS: Demise of Sutton Bridge shoot will be a loss to community

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It is with much sadness that the Sutton Bridge Clay Target Group are to lose their tenure at Sutton Bridge, due to a business decision from the landowner, with the last meet on Sunday, December 13, with no other options open to them at this time.

I have been associated with the group with my husband Paul and son Josh since 2004, after the sudden passing of my dad Alan Coupland, with a memorial shoot organised every October in his memory.

My dad had been associated with the group for 30 years and completed works on the site throughout his time there. The group has been running for 37 years and has been a benefit to the community with new members joining and learning about the safe use of shotguns, especially important within a farming community.

I am of the opinion it is important for those who become very successful in their shooting discipline not to forget the ‘grass roots’ of the sport, the community-based organisations – where it all began with their grandfathers and fathers introducing them to the sport.

We would all like to say a big thank you to the group, from the bottom of our hearts, allowing and welcoming us and other members of our family every year to attend the memorial shoot. The event will be missed dearly as my dad’s friends and associates have now become ours.