Ribble Valley MP takes up archery

Nigel Evans tries his hand at archery outside the Houses of Parliament
Nigel Evans tries his hand at archery outside the Houses of Parliament

THE last time there was a Tory Archer in the House of Commons it didn’t end too well, but undeterred Nigel Evans was keen to try his hand with the old bow and arrow.

Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, attended an archery taster session on the lawns outside the Houses of Parliament.

It was a notable day as arcery wrote itself into the history books by becoming the first sport hosted by the Houses of Parliament. MPs and peers queued to have a go on Speakers’ Green, with coaching from GB international archers Nicky Hunt, Andrea Gales, James Bingham and Rikki Bingham, and support from Geoff Malyon.

Speaking at the event, Mr Evans said: “The skills of these archers are incredible. In the build-up to the Olympics this was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about a great sport and one whose evolution and history is entwined with British culture.”