Nostalgia: Dunwich hosts archers showing off centuries-old skills

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

With a history stretching back hundreds of years, an archery competition is always a great occasion.

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The sport is as popular as it has always been – though today’s high-tech bows, as used by sportsmen in the Olympics, are a far cry from those used by the archers of battles of 1,000 years-plus ago.

The basic skills though are just the same as those warriors who fought for king and country – and still provide a real challenge and great sport for those taking part.

Back in 1972 a group of archers got together for the afternoon at Dunwich forest to test their skills.

The highly-skilled group faced a range of targets in a safe and cordoned off setting as they practised for competitions they were all entering that year.

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant


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Did you take part in the afternoon or do you remember Dunwich being used for archery practise or competitions? To share your memories, email charlotte.bond@archant.co.uk

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT

The group watch on as an archer focuses on her next shot Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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