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East Down Combine News - 29-10-21

East Down Combine News

with Clifford Browne

Ballylesson Prize-night

With the relaxation of some of the rules regarding the covid virus , clubs are able to look at meeting up more and the Ballylesson club held their annual Prize giving night recently in the clubrooms and my thanks to Dorothy Smyth for details of what she says was a great evening of craic and celebration . The evening began with a beautiful buffet after which the chairman Paul Johnston welcomed all the members and the club Presidents Mervin Patterson and Alan McWilliams . Paul thanked Mervin for his generous donation to the club and he also thanked John Albert & Colin Smyth for all their hard work on Friday & Saturday nights during the racing . Secretary John Albert was unable to attend the presentation as he had the flu but he sent a word of thanks to Paul , Alan & Davy for all their hard work for as he said even when they were not sending birds they were there every Friday night to put the birds through, thanks was also extended to all the other members who had helped out in any way .

After this it was over to the Club Presidents to present the Cups and Trophies . Topping the list this year was the partnership of C & D Smyth & sons who had an excellent season winning the Open from the Mallow classic and other open positions throughout the season with the ever present John Patterson next having several 2nd,3rd & 4th open placings . Mackey & Lockhart were 3rd and P & C Johnston were 4th with the rest of the members getting their share of the trophies . After the presentation it was time to sit back and relax and Dorothy reckons that after such a good evening there wouldn’t be too many lofts scrapped the next day !!.


EDC Prize Night 19th November 2021

The venue for the Combine’s Dinner & Prize Distribution is once again the Temple Golf Club and will be held on November 19th and tickets at £25 can be reserved from either Sam Duke or Dorothy Smyth and I enclose the menu which is

Main Courses

Roast Co Down Turkey & Ham
Roast Sirloin of Beef with pan gravy
Served with medley of vegetables ,
Roast & Creamed potatoes
Traditional Apple Pie with Fresh Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake
Tea or Coffee


As well as the photos of the Ballylesson prize winning fanciers some photos of the birds which won the 3 bird channel championships and the IHU Meritorious winners in the 2021 season .

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Once again it is my sad duty to report to the fancy the death of two prominent Combine members with the passing of Paddy Lue who raced as P. Lue & Son with the Downpatrick club and then Adam Palmer just three weeks after his wife Isobel predeceased him .Both men were long time fanciers held in high esteem and both had obtained many successes over the years . We extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy’s wife May and the family circle and to Adam’s sons David & Andrew and their families at this very sad time .