YOU may have been confused at seeing the tank from the Bond film Goldeneye driven down the M60, but no fear, because it was just on its way to golf club Boomers and Swingers for non golfers and golfers alike to use as a target.

The tank, which starred in the 1995 James Bond flick was donated by a local businessman who bought into the project when Director of Boomers and Swingers Nick Solski revealed the idea for a fundraising competition.

Nick said: “We are delighted to have added the tanks to our range of targets. The joy kids and adults have been getting from hitting the tank just couldn’t be replicated by having a flag or a numbered target.”

The plan is to start a competition in June at the Manchester Road, Astley range where users will pay £5 for five balls in an effort to get a “hole in one” down the gun barrel.

Any successful efforts will go into an end of season final to win all the contents of an ever growing golf goody bag, which currently includes fourballs at some top destinations including The Belfry, Dreamland in Baku, Zavidovo in Moscow and San Roque in Spain.

Any club or company wishing to donate to this prize is more than welcome.

The money raised from the competition will go towards putting on golf sessions alongside The On Course Foundation for injured ex service personnel, and also weekly free sessions for those suffering with mental health issues.

Nick added: “It is really rewarding to see the benefits that being outside and hitting a golf ball in a friendly atmosphere can make to those with mental health issues, and if we can help break down the stigma around Mental Health, we can encourage more people to come forward and join the community of regulars for whom coming to Boomers and Swingers is a big part of their life.”