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Holts’ char­ity shoot, San­dring­ham Es­tate

The Field - - Opening Shots -

HOLTS’ char­ity clay shoot is now firmly es­tab­lished in the so­cial cal­en­dar. Held an­nu­ally at San­dring­ham Es­tate by gra­cious per­mis­sion of Her Majesty The Queen, it’s at­tended by many of the fine-gun trade as well as many Nor­folk wor­thies keen to demon­strate that their county takes shoot­ing very se­ri­ously.

This year’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries were The Game and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust (GWCT) and St Peter’s Church, Wolfer­ton. The day was at­tended by 33 teams, many of which could have done with a lit­tle saintly help.

Not so, how­ever, the for­mi­da­ble land­mark Dusters, who barely missed a tar­get and took first place, beat­ing Boss & Co Gun­mak­ers into se­cond.

A spe­cial prize should have been awarded to the San­dring­ham keep­ers, who manned the stands through­out in full tweeds de­spite tem­per­a­tures in the high 80s.

Shade and cold beers were even­tu­ally found in the lun­cheon tent, where lo­cal opera singer Jack ol­lett pro­vided a cul­tural aper­i­tif be­fore the se­ri­ous knife-and-fork work be­gan on lunch pre­pared by Wil­liam Alldis of The Shot­gun Chef.

In all, the event raised a splen­did £35,000 through en­try fees, fu­ri­ous auc­tion bid­ding, gen­er­ous cash spon­sor­ship from Boss & Co and the do­na­tion of car­tridges by the Ham­p­den Group and Kelling Hall.

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