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LEICESTERSHIRE NOTES

by John Ghent

Things have changed since I raced last in 1997 - where has the off season disappeared to? I cannot believe the season finished over 4 months ago and suddenly we are just 2 months away from the first race! What with Ken Chapman having a team of young birds that have nearly started moulting, and Lee Allen debating a switch from racing to showing after success in the pen at the New Parks over several weeks, Leicestershire has seen a lot happen in the last few months.

 

There are many people around Leicestershire that really put in a lot of effort through the winter and there are too many to name but a special mention must go to Darren Shepherd, who runs the shows at the New Parks, as there is nothing that is too much trouble for him if it involves pigeons. I'd also like to mention our club secretary team Rich and Lindsey Lovell, as we have a superb club and much of it is down to the work that this husband and wife team put in behind the scenes.

 

Amongst all the meetings, prize presentations, pairing up dilemmas and corn runs through the winter, we have Blackpool! The Leicester lads were there in force, and after a 4 hour drive due to the weather, myself, Scott and Lance Summers, and my uncle Gaz made it into Blackpool and our impeccable hotel. We had a great weekend, met up with John Summers, Ray Dalby and the newly named "Drinkalot Roman", and along with several other of Leicester's finest we made our way around several sales with the highlight being when Mr Bakewell outbid Nigel Shepherd who was sitting next to him in the sale room at the Crathorne auction!

 

The Leicestershire South Road Fed is holding a breeder/buyer sale on Sunday 10th March with the race to be flown on the 24th August from Portland. The event was superbly supported last season and we hope to have a couple of other competitions in the pipeline in the coming weeks to encourage members to have a crack and win some decent prizes, and also raise some money for the Fed, we will keep people posted through this column on what else we have planned.

I'm now going to pass over to "Country Lad" to take us though the Presentation Evening of the Loughborough Club.

 

LOUGHBOROUGH PREMIER SOUTH ROAD

 

Known locally as the little club in the big field, the club held their presentation night on Friday 11th January at the Keyworth Rugby Club HQ when over 28 members and friends sat down to an excellent three course meal provided by Mr and Mrs Simpson. All agreed the service and meal was first class.

 

Top prize winner was club president R J Smith with no less than twelve 1st prizes and thirteen trophies plus £180 in prize money. Runner up was Mike and daughter Tammy with three first prizes and seven trophies plus £100 in prize money for the partnership. This was a poor season for the partnership but they had a lot if trouble early on in the season with hawks plus Mike has had his garden landscaped which must have been upsetting for the birds, but must say the garden now looks super, mainly due to our club sec who is a landscape gardener, although I heard Mike did do the levelling! Next up was our chairman, Mr and Mrs Thayne, who got a super cheer for, all present, they are very popular and very hard workers for the club and they picked up thirteen cards plus £33 prize money. Next up was John Grant and son David with fie cards and £15 prize money. The Grant Bros followed next, they are new members of the club and topped the Fed twice, won six trophies and walked away with £120 in prize money, now that's what you call a dream start!! Then it was the turn for "The Man in The Hat", none other than Colin Phillips, winning his first ever first prize in 30 years in the sport! What a character he is, much loved by all in the club, he also collected £5 prize money plus a trophy, well done to Colin.

 

The club would lime to thank our great sponsors, all 22 of them, without your support our little club would not be what it is. Many thanks to all involved with our club, the club AGM is on Sunday 24th February, all propositions into the Sec as soon as possible please, many thanks.

 

"Country Lad"

Top table at the Loughborough Presentation

J. Smith, top prize winner and guest of honour Steve Farmer.

2nd highest prize winner M. Beadle and daughter

John Carroll and wife Sue. The Leicester South Road Fed convoyer.

So there we go, it won't be long until we are talking about results in this column. It's going to be an excellent season, I can just feel it!