Archers on target at a real diamond day

Trying their hand at archery at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell near Morpeth and winning certificates are (left to right-back three) Michelle Lloyd from Morpeth, Kevin Allan from Newcastle, Martin Peagam-centre manager. Front, Jake Lloyd from Morpeth, Grace Allan from Newcastle and James Brady from Morpeth.
Trying their hand at archery at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell near Morpeth and winning certificates are (left to right-back three) Michelle Lloyd from Morpeth, Kevin Allan from Newcastle, Martin Peagam-centre manager. Front, Jake Lloyd from Morpeth, Grace Allan from Newcastle and James Brady from Morpeth.

AN archery competition held at the Pegasus Centre was pronounced to be a ‘diamond’ success – despite the weather doing its best to disrupt the event.

Archers gathered at the facility in Tranwell to take part in a contest, organised in conjunction with Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne.

They received advice from specialist coaches then took part in a number of events, also reflecting 2012 as an Olympic Year, to test their archery skills.

A sudden, heavy downpour of rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, disrupted proceedings but did not dampen the enthusiasm of participants.

The winner at the end of the event was Jake Lloyd, who was so inspired by his success that he now attends regular training sessions at the Pegasus Centre Archery Club.

The Pegasus Centre holds regular archery classes – open to both able-bodied participants and people with disabilities – and the contest was held as a means for those who have developed their skills to practice them in a competition.

Centre Manager Martin Peagam said: “We have had a really successful day. Archery is the most traditional of sports in England and it was fitting that in the Olympic and Jubilee year we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with this event.

“It was also appropriate for the traditional British summer weather to get in on the act.”