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Departing shot; Family's guns scatter ashes.

Byline: LUKE TRAYNOR

A SHOOTING fan's family turned his ashes into flying targets and scattered them with a bang.

Ray Probert, 63, died after a two-year battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma but had made his final wishes clear.

So wife Jill, 62, and his three children arranged for the gun shop owner's ashes to be mixed with adhesive and put into clay pigeon discs.

The special targets were then blasted to bits at Ray's local shooting club in Rugeley, Staffs.

Daughter Cassie, 36, said: "It was dad's passion. He was always at the club. A member of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, he also taught people how to shoot.

"We weren't sure if it would be possible to carry out dad's final wish but the club made sure it was fulfilled perfectly. It was a lovely way to say goodbye."

Hundreds of friends turned out for Ray's funeral wearing khaki outfits and a rifle was placed on his coffin.

luke.traynor @mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2014
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