There are many things which are different this year, but particularly the lack of in-person shared experiences which we are so accustomed to as human beings and on which we rely for fellowship. With nearly all physical events in the livery calendar cancelled or moved online, it was touch and go whether this year’s Inter Livery Clay Shooting competition would happen at all in 2020. Our Marketors teams were preparing for their practice shoot when the pandemic hit the UK and of course all such activities closed down until late summer when the restrictions began to ease. The organisers of the annual Inter Livery Clay Shoot, which raises funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, were determined to do everything they could to safely run the event. Their perseverance and hard work resulted in 55 livery company teams taking part in the shoot over two days in September 2020.
We Marketors entered one team of four guns, with Liveryman Alex Conabeare captaining, IPM Andrew Cross, Roger Howes and WO2 Christopher Kitto from our affiliate 151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps. The weather was good and the eleven stands provided the customary mix of challenging shots and fun for the novice and expert shot alike. This year the safety aspect was not only focussed on the weapon handling, but also the social distancing and hygiene, with fewer attendees, but with the usual very high standard of catering. Lunch was served out in the grounds in the glorious sunshine.
It was particularly good to have WO2 Christopher Kitto with us for the shoot. We have a close relationship with our armed forces affiliates and it was fascinating to hear about the activities and challenges of 151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps.
There were some excellent individual performances from Andrew, Roger and Chris, with our team achieving a very respectable 212 clays overall, putting us in 30th position (out of 56 teams).
The event did highlight the importance of occasions where we are in the same physical space as each other and are able to share far more than can be communicated through any digital media.