Edna McGowan

It is with great sadness we inform you that Edna McGowan passed away on Thursday 15 April at the age of 85 after a short illness.
Edna was DNAA President for a number of years, a position she was honoured to hold.
A member of Killingworth Archers since shortly after the club was formed in 1975, she was our President and always at the heart of the club, alongside her late husband George, a founder member of the club.
Edna was an Instructor, Coach then County Coach for many years and introduced so many people to our sport.
She competed in tournaments all over the country and represented DNAA on many occasions. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Our thoughts are with Edna’s family at this sad time.
Killingworth Archers

Fred Hedley

The county is extremely sad to announce that Fred Hedley has passed away after a long illness.

Fred was a senior coach and coached many of the county’s archers and helped other coaches, over many years. 

He was a member of Killingworth archers and coached all over the country.

He was a member of Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade, having started in Newcastle and Gateshead Fire service rescue and rose to Divisional Officer. He often used the experience he gained to help in archery.

He was a keen exponent of tug of war, and in his younger years often travelled to the Isle of Man to watch the TT.

Fred was always keen to chat to folk and was a friend to many, his tales were legendary.

Fred was greatly loved by everyone and he will be sadly missed. 

Fred leaves his wife Silvia and stepson Anthony. Our deepest sympathies to them at this sad time.


County Chair

Rob McQuilin

Rob McQuilin (Cleadon Archers) sadly passed away at Sunderland Royal Infirmary on March 9th due to the result of contracting the Covid 19 infection.

He was active on the County tournament scene and shot alongside a good number of DNAA members.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.