Saturday, 7 April 2012

Panda Bowmen - Longbow Tournament

Archery as a hobby goes back quite a long way, it was a favourite hobby of Queen Elizabeth I and it still has its followers today. Traditional longbow archers from West Yorkshire and beyond gathered at Bramhope this morning for a longbow tournament organised by Panda Bowmen. The modern longbow is usually made from three different wood types bonded together and requires quite a bit of practise and skill to shoot accurately, it is basically a centuries old design without any kind of sighting aid. The competitors do have one sighting aid though, said to improve accuracy, a traditional glass of sherry part way through the shoot!

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