Veteran archer Denis Beresford dies aged 88
By sarahlnewall | Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 11:00
TRIBUTES have been paid to a man believed to be the oldest practising archer in Notts, who has died aged 88.
Denis Beresford was born in 1924 in Nottingham and lived in the area all of his life, latterly in West Bridgford.
He took up archery in 1951 with the Royal Ordnance Factory, which later became the Civil Service Archers.
In 2004 the club went through its latest change to become Wilford Bowmen, where Denis continued to shoot until a few weeks before his death on New Year's Day after a short illness.
As a keen archer Denis acquired valuable skills as a coach and an official judge and has served Wilford Bowmen for many years, introducing hundreds of people to the sport of archery and adjudicating at many archery competitions, locally, in the county and in the region.
The club has its outdoor venue at Highfields Sports Club, University Boulevard, and its outdoor base at Rushcliffe leisure centre, Boundary Road, West Bridgford.
Denis was also vice president of the Civil Service Archery Association for many years and held every official post within his club.
He was awarded the prestigious regional "Ron Smith Memorial Trophy" a few years ago.
In a statement, Wilford Bowmen, said: "Denis was arguably the oldest and longest active archer in the country and was respected by all who came in to contact with him on both professional and personal levels."
After he broke his hip in 2011 he continued to attend the shooting ground until he was able to coach again, the club added.
Once fit, he continued to shoot indoors twice a week right up until the end.
He taught archery to all age groups – from children to pensioners – and promoted the sport through the club and countless events with "have-a-go" archery sessions.
The club added: "Denis Beresford was a stalwart member of Wilford Bowmen and formed part of the backbone of the club.
"He was a friend to all, a fantastic ambassador for the sport of archery and a gentleman who was loved by everyone who worked and socialised with him.
"Denis was 'one of the lads' and will be sorely missed by his fellow archers and friends."