The current Coronavirus crisis situation is disrupting many people’s lives. But is absolutely necessary in order to overcome this virus and get back to normal.

School is out because of Covid-19

The Coronavirus outbreak has led to my GCSE exams being cancelled. I will receive my final marks from teacher assessments, predicted grades and other measures. My teachers gave me plenty of work to do. However, everything is quite relaxed now that the school year is over.

I am not going on to do A-levels and instead I’ll study agriculture at Bishop Burton College. Due to this choice, I’m focusing more on my sheep than revision tasks. Don’t tell my teachers though!

I’ve got mixed feelings with the exams being cancelled. I had tried hard at school the last few years in preparation for them. The abrupt end to the school year has left us without the usual send offs, such as prom. However I understand the need to limit the virus. 

Keeping busy during lockdown

A week before Coronavirus lockdown I picked up an old Vauxhall Corsa. It was given to me by one of my dad’s friends who wanted it “off his drive”. In the last few days’, I’ve spent more time with my head under the bonnet than in a book. I thoroughly enjoy fixing it up and i’m hoping this will keep me busy for the next few weeks. 

With this sudden nice weather, I decided to get my horse out of the field, tack him up and go for a ride. It was nice to get back in the saddle after not riding for months due to bad weather and lambing.

I’ve also kept up my shooting by getting my air rifle out. I’ve used some cans and self-drawn targets to practice. Hopefully, if we all follow government guidance, we’ll be back out shooting together in the months to come.

Hair issues

I also have a bit of a hair dilemma… I was well overdue a visit to the barbers’ before the Coronavirus crisis even hit. Now, I can’t get it cut!

With no one in my family with any experience with clippers, I’m having to find new measures each day to keep my hair out of my eyes. My sister’s finding it very amusing to present me with different hair accessories such as grips and head bands. I find bailer band does the job…!

Edward Lyon

My name is Edward Lyon and I’m 17. I’m in my first year studying agriculture at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire. In my spare time, if I’m not shooting, you can usually find me riding my horse or out on a tractor. My interest in shooting has been a natural progression from bagging the odd rabbit or pigeon on my grandparents’ farm. I then took part in a clay pigeon competition through my local Young Farmers’ Club and ended up qualifying for the national championships with an old 20-bore side-by-side gun. I just missed a placing and so was inspired to buy a 12-bore over-and-under and have joined a local clay shooting club to hone my skills. Over the last year or so, I’ve also developed a keen interest in game shooting after being invited as a guest by a couple of friends. I’m now keen to go beating and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of a successful shoot. This will be my second year as a Young Shots Journalist, and I look forward to getting out and about with my gun as much as possible.

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