One of the largest archery clubs in the country is asking people to channel their inner Robin Hood as it is set to celebrate its 120th anniversary.

The Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury archery club has its sights set on the major milestone as it invites amateurs to join them at an event on Saturday (May 14).

The 200-strong club, one of the largest in the county, was formed as The Pendle Archers in the Clitheroe area in 1902.

On Saturday, the club is giving people the chance to channel their inner Robin Hood at a free archery shoot as part of Archery GB’s Start Archery Week.

The event is taking place between 11am and 4pm and all equipment will be provided.

In 1928, Blackburn solicitor John Yates joined the club, but headed off two years later to found his own organisation, The Samlesbury Bowmen.

The clubs amalgamated two years later to form The Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury.

The club was based at the 14th-century Samlesbury Hall, where it remained for 72 years until moving to its present site in Nab's Head Lane in 2006.

Treasurer Di and her husband, Peter, were the driving forces behind the move after it had become clear that the club would soon outgrow the Samlesbury Hall site.

The club looked to acquire their own space and one-and-a-half hectares of land was found for sale about a quarter of a mile from Samlesbury Hall.

Di said: “While we’re equally proud of a tradition that reaches back 120 years, we are always looking to the future and the development of the club.

“We have a thriving VI group, a strong junior club and several disabled members who shoot regularly.

"We also run regular taster sessions and Try Archery events with various groups and organisations, and we are part of Archery GB’s On Target programme.

“We’re a caring club and like to do things for the community.”