Archers set to give new competition a Thirl

ETTRICK FOREST ARCHERS swap their usual shooting field at Thirladean for the lush grounds at Thirlestane Castle this Sunday.

The Selkirk club are set to make history in holding the inaugural BLBS Silver Arrow Wand Shoot in front of the picturesque Lauder castle.

The first test is a national round, comprising of four dozen arrows at 60 yards and two dozen at 50 yards. This gives the seedings for the wand shoot.

After the scores are tallied, the top scorer takes on the bottom scorer in the knockout wand section. Here, archers take their turn at trying to hit a small stake in the ground from varying distances.

The first one to break the wand goes through to the next round.

First arrow is 11am and spectators will be made welcome, although the usual charge for entering castle grounds will have to be paid.

Before this, the members will join up with the Royal Company of Archers at Stow tonight, where they will invite members of the public to come and try the sport.

The event is organised by the Stow Parish Archive, who wished to bring archery back to the Bow Butts venue.

Also planned is a display and talk by the Royal Company, as well as demonstrations of traditional crafts.

The fun gets under way at 7pm.