THE PORT NEWS
Wesley Ellis and the ''Miracle Man''
Wesley holding the Fed topper
Wesley Ellis of the Victoria HS has won his club and topped West
Cheshire South Road and the story and the breeding goes like this,
and I have told this before. The late Hughie Hughes bred and raced a
Combine topping cock called the Miracle Man who was nearly cast aside
as a fluffy yellow youngster and Hughie worked on him and revived him
hence the name. He used to win in East winds, not favourable to a
loft on that side of the Port.
Wesley told me that his Fed topper was out of a son of
Miracle Man owned by his Grandad Joe and then cleverly crossed into
a De Klak daughter of Ziadene (17 first prizes) bred by Winy & Guy
Nelissen of Belgium.
Yes, Wesley certainly put some thought into his selection considering
the ancestry of Hughie's ''Port Legend'' coming from direct Jackson &
Andrews stock of Howden and carrying the De Klak lines.
The second pigeon to this loft was Hybrecht cheq pied hen, a darkness
pigeon also raced on the natural system who was 4th Club and 4th
The lofts of Wesley Ellis
Victoria Homing Society
result of race from Frome 1 held on 26th August 2012 released at 0720 hrs into a West North West wind.
11 members sent 329 birds.
W. Ellis wins on a velocity of 1442 ypm and A. Shinton is second on
1435 ypm. Third is P. Coombes on 1431 ypm and fourth is W. Ellis on 1429
Moreton & District HS
8 members sent 179 birds 0720 hrs into a WNW wind on 26th August.
Robert Lang first and second 1380 ypm and 1373.294 ypm, third and
fourth P. Stewart 1373.191 ypm & 1369 ypm.
West Cheshire Federation (SR).
89 Members sent 2404 birds to Monmouth 2 on 18th August released at
1330 hrs into a SW wind.
R. Dodd & Son of Chester top the Fed with a velocity of 1570 ypm and
in second place S. Arathhoon of the Victoria on 1551. ypm. Third and
fourth places go to G. Leighton of Neston on 1547 ypm and 15476.649 ypm
West Cheshire Federation (South Road)
69 members competed with 1590 birds liberated after a day's holdover on
Sunday 26th August at 0720 hrs in a light NW wind.
W. Ellis of the Victoria tops the Fed on 1442 ypm and in second place
A. Shinton, Victoria 1435 ypm. Third P. Coombes, Victoria 1431 ypm. Fourth
W. Ellis, Victoria 1429 ypm.
The Fed topper bred down from Mircale Man
Pigeon Fanciers and their neighbours
I have heard some wonderful stories about fanciers having wonderful
neighbours who scrape out and look after the birds when fliers go
away. Bacon butties and a mug of tea when the birds are coming from
over the water and the weather is bad, brought with words of
encouragement and a smile.
Then on the other end of the scale we have the ''neighbours from
hell'' who harass the poor fanciers with petrol lawn mowers and
strimmers, flags and bouncy castles.
I received an email from Arthur Wilde with an attached photo with this
caption: ''See what I have to put up with on Saturday?''
Photo from Athur Wilde, who says, "Look what I have to put up with on a Saturday."
Story of the week -
A FANCIER NAMED TED
A feeling merry pigeon fancier lay sprawled across three entire seats
in the posh Winter Gardens Theatre.
When the steward came by and noticed this, he whispered to the flier, "Sorry, sir, but you're only allowed one seat."
The pigeon fancier groaned but didn't budge.
The steward became more impatient: "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager."
Once again, the flier just groaned.
The steward marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he
returned with the manager.
Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the flier, but with
Finally they summoned the police.
The Blackpool police officer surveyed the situation briefly, then
asked, "All right buddy, what's your name?"
"Ted," he moaned. "Where you from, Ted?" asked the Policeman.
With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle, Ted replied, "...The Balcony..."
Kind Regards, Ken Sharratt