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Golfers take pot shots at the PM

PUBLISHED: 14:56 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 August 2010

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GOLFERS are brushing up on their aim by taking pot shots at the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. Targets painted with the faces of Gordon Brown and Alistar Darling have been placed on Sidcup and Chislehurst World of Golf range for target practice. As

GOLFERS are brushing up on their aim by taking pot shots at the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.

Targets painted with the faces of Gordon Brown and Alistar Darling have been placed on Sidcup and Chislehurst World of Golf range for target practice.

As the Bank of England set interest rates to a historic low of 0.5 per cent this week, golfers relieved stress by driving balls 100 metres to the politicians deemed responsible for the teetering economy.

Operations manager Mark Davis, 41, said: "Serious golfers can always use Gordon's face to improve their aim, but it's really for the guys who want to have fun.

"It's the kind of game that attracts a lot of people who have suffered at these people's hands. We want to give them a chance to get their own back."

As well as putting Mr Brown on the Sidcup By-pass range, bosses also lowered prices to their 1994 level until Saturday to celebrate their range's 15th birthday.

Cab driver Tom Hitchins, 43, said: "It's nice to be able to hit them straight in the forehead - it's get your own back time.

"I've only managed to skim his ear so far but I think I'll get him soon.

"The economy is a complete mess. You have to blame the bankers as well, but I'm happy trying to hit Mr Brown for now." The cabbie said his next choice for a target would be Osama Bin Laden. His 16-year-old son, Jack, added: "I don't think many people like them."

Housewife Jennifer Archer, 69, of Merrydown Way, Chislehurst, said: "I think it's rather silly. I'm really here for a lesson.

"But if I was good enough to hit the ball that far, I would go for Gordon. I don't like the way he's let things go, after all, he was Chancellor wasn't he?"

Putting the nation's top politicians on the range was the brainchild of drive manager, David Young, from Maidstone.

The 36-year-old's idea has since been taken up at other World of Golf driving ranges in Croydon, Glasgow and Surrey.

He said: "It's proved quite popular because if you hit them dead on, it makes a satisfying 'dink'.

"We'll take suggestions for other unpopular faces. I imagine Fred the Shred could prove popular."

For more information contact the range on 020 8309 0181.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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