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A TRIBUTE TO BARRY BUGGY OF KINGSTON by Keith Mott

A TRIBUTE TO BARRY BUGGY OF KINGSTON.

I was very saddened to receive a phone call today from Barry Buggy’s wife, Sue, to tell me that Barry had passed away quietly and peacefully in St. Georges Hospital on 25th August. He had been fighting Cancer for a long time and had spent most of the last ten months in hospital undergoing several big operations. Barry was 77 years old when he passed away and I have known him since the late 1960’s when he used to come to watch my band, ‘The Impalas’, play at the ‘Search Light’ youth club in New Malden and the ‘Swan’ PH in Mill Street, Kingston. Great days! Barry was rough and ready, but would never see any one in trouble! He was ‘real’ and what you saw is what you got. He has been with Sue for 33 years, with them being married for 27 of those years and he lived for their children. Our sincere condolences from Betty and myself to Sue and the rest of the Buggy family.

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Barry raced pigeon with great success for many years, but in later years he helped and encouraged his two young sons, Tyrone and Fabian to race their own birds. The Esher club must rate as one of the premier clubs in the south of England and is dripping with top quality fanciers who are hell bent on winning the Three Borders Federation every weekend. To win this wonderful club is a major achievement and the two young lads Tyrone Buggy, then aged 14 and his 9 year old brother, Fabian did just that when they recorded 1st club, 7th Three Borders Federation (558 birds) Alencon (205 miles). Member of the Esher club must have spent tens of thousands of pounds on pigeons, lofts and timing equipment, but Buggy Brothers beat them all, racing five hens to an old bike shed sited at the back of their flats in Kingston. It’s a bit of a fairy tale, as the lad didn’t own a cock pigeon and clocked on a T3 clock I gifted them. Later that season Tyrone and Fabian won 1st and 2nd in the Esher Mid-Week Club from Salisbury, 19th open L&SECC Guernsey (young birds) and 51st, 53rd open L&SECC Guernsey (old hens). Fantastic performances by two young lads racing to a bike shed!

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The Buggy Brothers’ mother was Sue Barnet before marrying Barry, daughter of the late Kingston pigeon ace, Roy Barnet, and she has been in pigeons all her life. Everyone knew Barry! He had been in the sport since 1984 and he told me he had won many good prizes through the years, but thought his best performance was in 1987 when he won the Hersham Weymouth open race, with 343 birds competing. Barry was one of the workers in sport and in the 2013 season he convoyed the Esher Mid-Week Club birds to Salisbury every Wednesday free of charge. Barry and Sue worked tirelessly to improve the estate they live on and spent a fortune of their own money planting out the communal flower beds and cutting grass areas. Barry had a heart and has done painting and decorating free of charge for many of the old age pensioners on his estate over the years. Barry Buggy RIP.

KEITH MOTT (25th August 2021)