Login Register

Sixties sharpshooter Pat remembers works team

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

Pat Bissell receives her shooting prize at James Gibbons, Wolverhampton, in 1967

Comments (0)

WE often feature stories on the sports leagues that were organised among Black Country works teams. These usually cover football, cricket, snooker, angling and the like but many other sports were played by the social clubs of the big employers.

Among these was rifle shooting and this picture has been sent in via email by Mrs Pat Bissell.

Pat writes, "After reading a recent copy of the Black Country Bugle featuring the ladies of the Spon Lane Domino League, it reminded me of taking part in the Black Country League for small bore rifle shooting.

"I was working at James Gibbons in Wolverhampton in 1967 when a gentleman named Frank Spittle organised a rifle shooting competition to try and get more people interested in the sport.

"I was interested and so with other novices went to the rifle range at their social club. The outcome was, we were tutored by Frank Spittle who worked at James Gibbons and I won the medal for the best female and also a medal for the best team.

"I later worked at GKN Sankey in Bilston, who had their own range, and joined their rifle team which competed in the small bore league, the only female in the team. I really enjoyed the time there.

"I have attached a photo of me receiving my medals from James Gibbons.

"Rifle shooting was just one sport attached to social clubs at that time with companies having their own range."

Have you any interesting sports stories and pictures to share with Bugle readers? Please contact dshaw@black countrybugle.co.uk or write to Bugle House, 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL.

Read more from Black Country Bugle

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters