Gunning for Fun and Charity, Royals, Moguls and Rockers Have a Double-Barreled Blast

updated 07/11/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1988 01:00AM

It is, as the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly put it, "a ridiculous sport—just shooting at oversized ashtrays." But that didn't keep the fifth Rolex-Jackie Stewart Celebrity Challenge trap shoot at Stewart's shooting school in Gleneagles, Scotland, from being loaded with stars and peers. On the last weekend in June, Connolly and 43 others, including Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Sean Connery and Harrison Ford, trekked far into the moors to take potshots in a charity benefit for the Search 88 Cancer Trust.

Stewart—a gamekeeper's grandson and prizewinning shooter before he concentrated on race-car driving—organized the teams and steered the novices to lessons. "The most unlikely people make the most excellent shots," instructor Justin Jones assured the group, and he turned out to be right. Diva Kiri Te Kanawa, jittery at first, nabbed the woman's high gun award, and Steven Spielberg rated a perfect score on one event. Early on, the team made up of royals looked like a major contender, even without the sporting but very pregnant Duchess of York, who had bowed out on doctor's orders. In the end, gamekeepers from four royal estates walked away with top honors. But even the losers—made heady by the smell of gunpowder, if not the flow of champagne (provided by Moët & Chandon)—seemed, like Stewart, "very pleased." A smashing good time, one might say.

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