What a week, a very special week. With a letter of greetings from our Patron, a visit from the Lord Lieutenant, the Duke of Buccleuch and we had a 30% increase in entries.
We had the usual cocktail of weather and the ‘I Shot 100 at Scotland 100’ engraved whisky glasses were much sought after. Our supporting partners, sponsors, donations were generous. All were listed in the Programme.
This is the first meeting without Ken. We miss him. We miss his enthusiasm, drive, dedication, commitment and his passion for Scotland. We must ensure the heritage Ken worked for so tirelessly is secured.
We had two special competitions, the Champion of Champions and the Scotland 100 Match. Both went down well.
This event would not have happened without our volunteers: Edward Kendal and his team building our new firing point, Ian Burton and Hawick Rifle Club erecting the target frames and steel plate, Ian Stevenson cutting the grass and erecting the fencing and many other good folk dealing with the water supply and electrics.
Operationally, George Lawson and his Range Officers keeping us under control on the range. This may be Georges’ last Scottish. He has been our CRO for 24 years. In stats Edward Kendal and his team of scorers have dealt with the increased entry. The Shop and Armoury team with Rosemary Chapman and Roger Walton worked tirelessly. Sales were up on last year and they sold 116 t-shirts. Finally, Simon and Harris Catering looked after our culinary needs.
Again all this would not have happened without the preparation by Sandra and her team at Bisley, Yvette coming out of retirement and Phil jetting in from Oz. The preparation is so critical, dealing with entries, squadding, ordering tents, containers, toilets etc and on site logging scores and posting results. Well done.
Mrs Cherry Nash who apart from working in stats kindly agreed to present the prizes this year.
Concluding, Scotland 101 is booked here at Lauder, 27th June to 3rd July 2020. Your team will be looking into other initiatives, possibly Target Sprint and Pony Club events.
See you next year.
Mike Chapman delivering closing remarks. Photo credit: Mike Arnstein.