Queensferry set to host fencing spectacle

Competitors will include  Maggie Tait (Orkney) and Karen Grant (Queensferry)
Competitors will include Maggie Tait (Orkney) and Karen Grant (Queensferry)
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International fencers are set to converge on Queensferry this weekend when the Celtic Challenge is staged.

Based at Queensferry High School, up to 60 fencers will take part in a bi-annual competition for veterans (over the age of 40).

Launched in 2004, it is the turn of Scotland’s to host the event.

Fencers from the Celtic regions are all invited and will include Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany, Galacia and Asturias in Spain.

Over the two days of competition, there will be Foil, Epee and Sabre events for both women and men with individual medals for each.

The best overall region will win the “Black Dragon” trophy which is currently held by Galicia.

A spokesperson for the event organisers said: ‘‘Queensferry has been chosen as the host town. The visit will help boost the local ecomony with competitors staying in local accommodation, the event staged at a local school, medals and trophies supplied by a local business and the gala dinner being hosted on the Maid of the Forth.’’

Members of the public can view the fencing event tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from 9.30am.