SUNDAY saw Braidwood buzzing as a capacity crowd descended on the ground for the annual Christmas Shoot and dinner.
Once again, the weather fairies were looking after the venue, providing a mild, frost-free day.
In the shortest daylight event of the year, shooting was restricted to a single 50-clay competition, followed by Christmas lunch and the prizegiving.
As is tradition, all participating guns bring along a prize and all take one home, making everyone a winner.
Perhaps it was fitting that the end result was a draw between the 2011/12 Winter Series Champion, Jim Brodie (Denholm) and the 2012 Summer Series Champion, Donald Livingston (Edinburgh). Both men scored 45 ex-50, Brodie winning the Hamish Smith Xmas Trophy and Livingston the veteran hip flask.
The highest scoring lady this year was Audrey Boyd (Bonnybridge), only three clays away from the leading score, meaning she collected the Ladies Bronze for the first time. Highest club junior gun fell to Ryan Stewart (Melrose), who broke 34.
This year, the proceeds of the raffle were donated to Maggie’s. Roy McCowan (Gretna) also gave a beautiful framed print of a family of black labradors which was auctioned for the same cause.
Along with the collecting tin circulated round the tables a total of over £600 was raised.
The last competition of 2012 takes place on Sunday, December 30. Rab Neil (North Berwick) has the opportunity to defend the Roger Tyrer Cup. Once again, entries close at noon and all are welcome.