The oldest gun slinger in town

Jocelyne Trickett is the oldest member of the Blackpool Rifle and Pistol Club.
Jocelyne Trickett is the oldest member of the Blackpool Rifle and Pistol Club.
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Gun-toting pensioner Jocelyn Trickett isn’t the typical person you expect to be a member of a shooting club.

But at 82, she is the oldest member of Blackpool Rifle and Pistol Club, and one of only two women members.

She took up shooting about six years ago as a hobby because she “fancied something different”.

Now the former dance teacher, who lives in Cleveleys, is a real hotshot, and enjoys her weekly sessions at the South-Shore based club.

Jocelyn, originally from Saddleworth, said: “It was just something I fancied trying, I was looking for something new to do.

“I use a wheelchair, and can’t do the same physically as I used to, but I wanted a hobby. I’ve always been active, and kept busy.

“I’d never done shooting, so I tried it and really liked it.

“The instructor is wonderful and really helps me. I like the big rifles.

“My favourite bit is hitting the bull’s-eye. I suppose I like the challenge of improving.

“There are only two women members of the club – the other is the instructor’s wife.

“I think more women should do it, it gives you confidence.

“I’ve done all sorts over the years – poetry writing, wing-walking, abseiling, zip wires, raising money for charity – I suppose I am a bit of a daredevil really.

“I enjoy shooting, and out of all my hobbies, this has been my favourite.

“I think there must’ve been some gun-toting outlaw or Wyatt Earp way back in my ancestry.”

Daughter Martine, a dance teacher and ice skating instructor, bought her mum a gold necklace with a gun pendant.

But it caused them to get stopped by airport security en-route to a holiday in America, when airport staff thought it might be concealing something.

She said: “Mum has always been active, she’s done so many different things over the years. She’s done all sorts for charity, like abseiling – only about 10 years ago.

“She had brain surgery in 1994, and broke her pelvis three years ago though, which meant she couldn’t be as active.

“But she is always determined to keep occupied and active and have interests.”