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East Down Combine News - 06-11-20

East Down Combine News  
with Clifford Browne
Ballylesson 2020 winners recognised but no prize night this Year
Covid 19 has meant that all aspects of life in 2020 has changed and this includes how Pigeon Clubs can meet and included in this at present Dinners and Prize nights are not allowed.
The Ballylesson Club, however using photographs from the 2019 etc have sought at least through the various outlet mediums to recognise their members achievements in 2020 and I would encourage other clubs to do likewise . My thanks to Dorothy Smyth for the photos etc.
Ballylesson 2019 dinner 
Friday night the 24th of October 2020 should have been the Club’s Dinner and prize night but instead this year we have to record who the winners were and topping the list again this year was a fancier who needs no introduction from me, John Patterson who once again had a super year, winning 10 club firsts which included both Penzance and the Penzance classic in the club.
John Patterson 
The next two lofts were those of C & D Smyth & sons & Cousins, McConaghie & Albert with John Kirk and sons in 4th spot and the rest of the club members getting a share of the prizes.
C D Smyth 
G McConaghie    John Albert
J Kirk
The club hope that 2021 will see a return to a more normal season . At this time however the club wish to thank the club Presidents Mervyn Patterson & Alan McWilliams for all they do for the club and Mervyn for his donation .
Alan Massey    Alex Crawford    D Gillespie
Gary Ballantyne    John Davis    S Dempsey
Paul Johnston    R Trimble    
Included with this are the photos of club members and winners from previous events.