West Wy­combe wa­ger claimed

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A wa­ger made 13 years ago by shooter John Clarke at West Wy­combe Shoot­ing Ground has fi­nally been claimed.

In 2003, Mr Clarke made lo­cal his­tory as the first ever shooter at the club to hit a 100 straight on the Skeet lay­out, after eight years of de­ter­mined shoot­ing at the ground. He was pre­sented with a badge and made the fol­low­ing state­ment to Sport­ing Shooter mag­a­zine back in 2003: “I’m the only per­son to have shot 100 straight there – and if any­one else can do it I’ll give them £100!”

In the sum­mer of 2015, Mr Clarke met once again with an old shoot­ing pal he was squadded with 30 years ago. The pair shot a round to­gether at West Wy­combe and Mr Smith, un­aware of the wa­ger, man­aged to hit 100 straight on the Skeet.

John, in an ad­mirable dis­play of hon­esty, in­formed him of the old wa­ger and was told to “give it to char­ity” by his old friend; the £100 was do­nated to Churchill Can­cer Re­search.

A will­ing em­broi­derer was found and Mr Smith was pre­sented with a replica of the badge Mr Clarke was pre­sented with all those years ago.

Mr Clarke (left) and his shoot­ing pal, Mr Smith

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