Some of you may have seen news coverage of PM David Cameron’s secret Conservative Black & White Ball which took place at the Grosvenor House in Mayfair on Tuesday night. This was a fundraising event designed to boost the coffers of the Conservative Party in the run up the general election.
Some details of the event were reported here.
What interested us about this event was one of the auction lots – an opportunity to shoot 500 gamebirds, which sold for an incredible £110,000.
Naturally, we were interested in the location of this shoot and a bit of digging turned up this image from the auction booklet:
What’s interesting about this venue isn’t necessarily who owns it (some Lord or other) but rather, who is involved with the shooting rights. This is where it gets really interesting.
Apparently, the shooting rights on the Maristow and Bickleigh shoots have been let ‘in recent seasons’ by Mr Mark Osborne’s agency:
Mark Osborne, who he? If you don’t know, try googling ‘Mark Osborne grouse’……or, read this.
Interesting bedfellows indeed.