GB Olympic stars backed charity clay pigeon shoot

Team GB's Charlotte Kerwood, sponsor Rodney Banks-Lyon and Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson

Team GB's Charlotte Kerwood, sponsor Rodney Banks-Lyon and Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson

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Two stars from the London Olympics turned out for a glamorous clay shooting event, helping raise more than £23,000 for charity.

Team GB’s Charlotte Kerwood and gold medallist Peter Wilson MBE took part in the Breitling at Banks Lyon Abbeystead Clay Pigeon Shoot on, an annual event hosted by Banks Lyon Jewellers of Lancaster in aid of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Abbeystead primary school and church.

Around 220 guests, many from the Garstang and Longridge areas and others from across the UK, attended the shoot, which is now in its sixth year and is held with the permission of the Duke of Westminster on his private Abbeystead estate.

A team from Hy-Fly Game Hatcheries at Preesall was among the winners.

The event, organised by Lancaster’s Samuelson Wylie Associates, saw teams of four compete to win nearly £15,000 of Breitling watches, while an auction of luxury items and daredevil pursuits included the chance to go wing walking, as well as days shooting on some of the UK’s best estates, fine jewellery and the chance to use a luxury Bentley or an Airstream for a weekend.

Triple Commonwealth gold medallist and double Olympian Charlotte Kerwood teamed up with Abbeystead resident Peter Pye to offer coaching before the shoot, raising an extra £1,000. Meanwhile Olympic double trap champion Peter Wilson joined one of the teams in the shooting competition.

Sponsor Rodney Banks-Lyon, of Banks Lyon Jewellers, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic and the guests gave generously to raise a record amount for The Soldiers’ Charity. We’re very grateful to the Duke of Westminster and the tenant farmers for being so hospitable and supportive.”