SPORTS AT WESTNEWTON.
On Saturday last the annual sports, promoted by Mr. Jas. SCOTT, of the Queen
’s Head Inn, were held at Westnewton. There was not a very large attendance
during the afternoon, but there was a good number towards the evening. The
sports commenced with a pigeon shooting, which only brought seven competitors
into the field. The prize, 2, and the entrance money added, was divided by:
W. PIRT, Gilcrux
T. LIGHTFOOT, Gilcrux
J. JEFFERSON, Aspatria
Abbey COOPER, Aspatria
E. WILSON, Aspatria
The first three named killing nine birds each out of ten, with two entries,
and WILSON five birds with one entry. W. FOSTER, Westnewton, killed eight
birds out of ten, J. LIGHTFOOT, Gilcrux, three out of four, and J. SCOTT,
Westnewton, two out of four.
This was followed by an open horse race. There were only two entries - Mr.
J. TEMPLE’s (Allonby) Prince Charlie and Mr. J. CROSTHWAITE’s (Crooklands)
King John. Both horses got fairly got fairly together, and the crowd told them
to “go.” The starter called them back, and Prince Charlie was pulled up; the
other, who was piloted by his owner, took the course by himself and on
finishing claimed the first prize. The Judge, Mr. E. WILSON, however, gave it as “
no race” as they had not been properly started. CROSTHWAITE would not run
over again, and neither received the prize.
For the bicycle race, (two miles) five started. J. WAITE, Plasket Lands,
came in first by 200 yards; T. MACKENZIE, Maryport, second, and D. PETRIE,
Aspatria, third. J. SANDWITH, Aspatria, had a very awkward fall when about 400
yards from the start. For several minutes he lay quite unconscious, and it was
with great difficulty that he was got back to Westnewton, where he was
attended to, and at a later hour conveyed home. Pitching concluded the sports.