CELEBRATIONS are sure to go off with a bang for a Stakeford dad who has been crowned the winner of a prestigious shooting competition.
David Blackburn was the only competitor to shoot all 100 clays in the British Open Skeet Championship, which was held in Nottingham.
The 48-year-old was awarded a trophy as well as the title of British Skeet Champion 2012.
Despite clay shooting for ten years, this was David’s first major competition.
David, who lives in Rothlea Gardens with his wife Anne and sons Jack and Harry, said: “It was the first competition I ever went in for and I won it first go.
“It’s a dream come true.
“Nobody could believe it was my first go.
“I will definitely enter more.”
David runs his own painting and decorating business and regularly attends the Widdrington Gun Club and Bywell Shooting Ground in Felton.