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Royal Weekend fundraiser for north-east ladies shooting group

By David Porter

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The Ladies of Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags were welcomed to Her Majesty the Queen’s estate Delnadamph in Strathdon.
The Ladies of Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags were welcomed to Her Majesty the Queen’s estate Delnadamph in Strathdon.

The ladies of Glad Rags & Cartridge Bags enjoyed “A Right Royal Weekend” while raising funds for Children 1st.

Ballater saw ladies arrive from all over the United Kingdom to join Scotland's premier all female clay shooting group, Glad Rags & Cartridge Bags at their annual event.

The weekend began with an exquisite three course dinner at the Rothesay Rooms with over 36 ladies enjoying hospitality in various local establishments.

As the night sky turned into the new day it was time for the greatly anticipated main event Glad Rags and Tiaras.

It wasn’t long before the sound of chatter and laughter resounded round the Delnadamph estate, Her Majesty the Queens private estate.

The ladies sporting sparkling tiaras of all different shapes and sizes, perfectly perched on hats and ear protectors, all glittering in the morning’s sunshine.

Fifty-seven ladies grouped according to their ability from never held a gun before to the more experienced all enjoying a morning of clay shooting under instruction.

Woops of joy, cheering and clapping as the clays were smashed could be heard around the heather glad hills.

Having built up an appetite in the fresh Strathdon air the local butcher H. M Sheridans served a freshly prepared delicious BBQ.

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, BASC, sponsored the fun competition “Queen of the clay’s” with fabulous glass trophies as prizes.

The Ladies of Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags were welcomed to Her Majesty the Queen’s estate Delnadamph in Strathdon.
The Ladies of Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags were welcomed to Her Majesty the Queen’s estate Delnadamph in Strathdon.

Barbara Eckersley triumphed in the experienced group with runner up Chelsea King, Emma Shanks was high gun with Micaiah Jakeman runner up in the beginner’s section.

The drawing of the raffle signalled the end of a spectacular weekend.

With Irene Macleod the lucky winner of the star prize, a bronze gilt Firebird brooch by the world-renowned engraver and lifelong supporter of the charity Malcolm Appleby the event raising an impressive total of £1470 for Children 1st.

Mhairi Morriss owner of Glad Rags Events and founder of Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags reflected: “It was fabulous to see so many smiling happy faces with no doubt ever lasting memories and new friendships having been made.

“The reputation of our events has spread far and wide, it’s brilliant to have new ladies join us at every event and I feel so privileged and so chuffed at how far ladies have travelled and how much effort they put in to attend.”

When asked why this was Mhairi said: “It's simple, no one else in the whole of the United Kingdom offers the experiences that Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags does.

"We are unique in that we hold our events at fantastic locations, castles, private houses and estates and beautiful country hotels, not at traditional shooting grounds apart from our annual outing to Gleneagles shooting school.

"We also have the support of our marvellous sponsors, Anderson Anderson Brown LLP, Weatherby’s Private Bank, Brewin Dolphin Aberdeen, Shepherd and Wedderburn and Country Ways who generously donate prizes and goodies bags.”

Barbara Eckersley travelled over 350 miles to attend the weekend and said: "“A warm thank you to Mhairi for creating the most unique experience for us all, in addition to the fund raising.

"Those of us from Cheshire had no idea what to expect, but what we found was way beyond our expectations.

"Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, the venue was stunning to say the least, and the food at the Rothesay Rooms will keep us talking for time to come”.

The clay shooting element of the weekend - Glad Rags and Tiaras is so called as it is held at Her Majesty the Queen’s estate Delnadamph in Strathdon.

“I still can’t quite believe that Her Majesty knows all about Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags and she so kindly gave her gracious personal permission for us to hold this charity event at her private shooting lodge and estate,” said Mhairi.

“Glad Rags welcome ladies of all abilities, there is no joining fee and ladies dip in and out of the events as they wish.

"Many ladies have never held a gun before coming to one of our events.

For more information and to book www.gladragsevents.com or call/Whats app Mhairi Morriss on 07841 393 155

Upcoming events include - December 5 - Seventh Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags birthday celebration dinner, Raemoir House/ December 6 Birthday Celebration ladies clay shoot, Raemoir House and January 30 Blast away the January blues at Pittodrie House Hotel.

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