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Tyne On Tween Champ Presentation 06-04-20

 

 

“The Original” Around The Up North Combine

Tyne to Tweed Section and Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Presentation Evening

By Good Corn

 

 

   First off, I have to say “Stay Safe” as the Coronavirus is seeing new cases and deaths increasing every day. I don't mind Pigeon racing being suspended until the end of May, in fact to keep people safe and saving lives, I'm quite happy to see no racing this season. Lives are far, far more important than racing our birds. Please Stay Safe.

 

Good Corn presenting a bouquet of flowers to the hard working Donna Bone

 

   I have finally put together the Tyne to Tweed Section and Tyne to Tweed Championship Club presentation evening report. I did the Tynemouth North Federation report last time. A new young lady, Donna Bone took over the Tyne to Tweed Section Secretary duties in 2019 and I have to say the members really appreciated the hard work and brilliant job Donna did throughout the 2019 racing season. And that appreciation was showed at the presentation evening after Donna was applauded and presented with a bouquet of flowers. The member also showed their appreciation to Alan Kelly the Secretary of the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club for his hard work throughout the season when Billy Reay presented Alan with a special gift. Once again I thank the members for inviting me and my Grandson Hayden along to present the silverware to the very worthy winners, and for the gift.  

 

Billy Reay presenting a special gift to Alan Kelly

 

   Starting with Newsham H/S who are part of the Northumberland Premier Federation where one of my favourite partnerships Robson Brothers, the late Derek, Peter & Tom & Ian Thompson along with loft helper Jimmy Hawes enjoyed another of their fantastic seasons, starting off the 2019 old bird racing season by winning a belting 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th and 8th Club, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 10th and 11th Federation out of 1,223 birds, 2nd, 3rd, 19th, 44th and 47th Section out of Bubwith from a convoy of 5,246 birds. The following week five of their Newark Show Ground entries were timed in the space of 12 seconds to pocket a notable 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Club, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Federation, 42nd =, 44th, 45th and 47th Section. The Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy returned to their winning way at race number three which was from Oakham (1) after no fewer than four of their team were timed to win a tremendous 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Club, 1st, 2nd, 6th and 8th Federation out of an entry of 1,111 birds, 10th, 12th, 36th and 48th Section. From a whacking convoy of 6,456 birds.  A single bird was on the clock from Oakham (2) to claim 4th Club, 8th Federation and 47th Section. The lad's returned to their winning ways in fantastic style a week later when the birds were at the very hard race Chelmsford (1) a distance of 245 miles when they had a couple of their inform squad on the clock to win a brilliant 1st and 3rd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation from 894 birds, 4th and 22nd Section from a convoy of 4,903 birds. With the pole position Federation winner being on the wing flying into a North-West wind for 5 hours 53 minutes to win the Club by 2 minutes and be 4 minutes in front of the green card scoring loftmate. 

 

Good Corn presenting the “Claire Elliott Memorial Trophy” to Ian Thompson of Robson Brothers & Thompson.

 

   The partnerships birds were on song again the following week at the Folkestone (1) National, the first classic race of the season when they timed no fewer than four of the inform team to win a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Federation when there was 583 birds competing, 2nd, 14th, 19th and 26th Section out of 2,602 birds, 6th, 31st, 41st and 61st Up North Combine from a convoy of 15,161 birds. The well-fancied yellow card scorer that took 3rd Club, 3rd Federation and 26th Section the previous race from Chelmsford (1) when beaten by 2 loftmates went on to win 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £49.96, and a later bird was timed to notch up 158th UNC to round off a fantastic days racing. Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy were not letting the grass grow under their feet for they were in pole position again the following race out of Oakham (3) where they timed two birds in 5 seconds to win 1st and 2nd Club, 5th and 6th Federation, 47th and 50th Section out of 4,584 birds. The winner has showed a lot of promise this season winning 1st Club, 1st Federation and 10th Section Oakham (1) from a convoy of 6,456 birds and then the superstar won 1st Club, 1st Federation, 2nd Section and 6th Up North Combine Folkestone National when there were 15,161 birds.

 

 

   It was all smiles again at Ypres the first of five channel races after three birds were timed to win an impressive 1st, 3rd and 6th Club, 2nd, 5th and 13th Federation, 12th and 23rd Section, 38th and 103rd Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds. The boys were in the channel frame for the second water race running out of Roye when a useful 2nd Club, 8th Federation, 39th Section and 201st UNC was taken; with the well-fancied 2y that netted 3rd Club, 5th Federation, 23rd Section and 103rd UNC Ypres taking 4th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club this time around to pocket £85.36. The inform partnership marched onto another victory a week later at Huntingdon (1) a distance of 199 miles when they won a delightful 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 15th Section when there were 3,754 birds away. And then potted 3rd Club, 7th Federation and 34th Section at Huntingdon (2). It was business as usual from the Folkestone (2) National which meant the lads were back to their winning ways after timing a couple of yearlings to win an incredible 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 2nd Federation when there was 303 birds away, 2nd and 7th Section out of 1,990 birds, 62nd and 159th Up North Combine from a convoy of 11,493 birds.

 

 

   Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy's winning performances were still coming in at the fourth channel race Reims from the distance of 470 miles where no less than three of the partnerships 11 entries were in the frame to win a top-drawer 1st, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 6th and 7th Federation out of 93 birds, 3rd, 21st and 22nd Section out of 650 birds, 43rd, 117th and 119th UNC from a convoy of 3,124 birds. A well-fancied yearling was on the clock out of Burbure the final channel race to chalk up 2nd Club, 3rd Federation, 47th Section, 9th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £51.25. I first came across this partnership when I presented the prizes at Newsham a few years ago and I have to say they are a great bunch of lads, I returned to present the silverware a second time where it was great to see the lad's again. It was really sad of Derek's passing for he was a true Gentleman just like Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy, the lads racing performance have improved every year since I presented at their payout night. We have had a quick chat at the Blackpool Show weekend a couple of times since which is always a great pleasure to see them and I'm over the moon they had an outstanding old bird season winning 6 x 1st Federations which is fantastic flying.

 

 

   The first young bird race of the 2019 racing season was not a full Tyne To Tweed Section race as the top end fanciers were at Sand Hutton while the Northumberland Federation liberated at Wetherby (1). So, onto young bird race number two where the birds were at Wetherby (2) liberated in a light West wind and as it turned out, when the winds in the West Robson Brothers & Thompson does best. For Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy timed no fewer than six youngsters to win a brilliant first six Club positions, with the red and blue card scorers being timed 4 seconds apart to go onto win a breath-taking 1st and 2nd Federation out of an entry of 894 birds, 1st and 2nd Section from a convoy of 5,239 birds. The next four babies on the clock were timed in 4 seconds to go onto score a brilliant 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Federation, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Section to round off a delightful days racing. The lad's achieved a second outstanding loft performance a week later when the birds were at Newark Show Ground after timing four birds in 36 seconds to win a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 12th Federation, 7th, 9th, 11th and 21st Section when there was 5,185 birds competing.

 

 

 

   They may well have being at a different race point a week later but the top loft performance was no different to the previous weeks when the lad's timed no fewer than five of their inform team in 26 seconds to produce a box office performance winning 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th and 10th Federation, 22nd, 24th, 40th, 42nd and 45th Section when there was 4,325 birds competing. Onto Oakham (2) where a couple of entries were timed in three seconds to notch up 6th and 7th Club, 15th and 16th Federation, 45th and 49th Section. Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy got back to their winning ways a week later at Chelmsford when the birds were liberated in a North-West wind which was always going to be tough. The partnership timed a previous scoring youngster after 6 hours 17 minutes 44 seconds on the wing from a distance of 245 miles to win a belting 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 9th Section out of a convoy of 3,185 birds and recording a top vel of 1143. The lad's free-scoring young birds never seem to give up for they won again a week later from the back-over Bubwith when a couple of their inform team were timed to win a most impressive 1st, 6th and 7th Club, 1st, 10th and 16th Federation out of 493 birds, 1st, 21st and 28th Section winning the “Claire Elliott Memorial Trophy” from a convoy of 2,423 birds, with the winner topping the Section by 34ypm which was a fantastic performance.       

 

 

 

   The curtain came down on Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy star-studded season in outstanding style from Wakefield the final race of the 2019 racing season when an outstanding 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 2nd Section was won from a convoy of 1,353 birds, with the red card winning youngsters being the only Club bird in first 50 in the Section. Peter, Tom, Ian & Jimmy's top-notch season saw them win 8 x 1st Federations and fourth highest points winners in the Section with 1,551pts.     

 

 

 

  Graham Todd started his season by timing a single bird at old bird Bubwith to lift a nice 3rd Club, 3rd Federation and 17th Section and then hit the winners' enclosure in fantastic style a week later when the birds were at Newark Show Ground winning a brilliant 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 36th Section from a convoy of 6,790 birds. Graham was back in the points out of Oakham (2) when a couple of his entries were on the clock to lift a useful 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd and 6th Federation, 26th and 36th Section. Three birds were on the clock from the very testing Chelmsford (1) race to chalk up a belting 2nd, 4th and 7th Club, 2nd , 4th and 10th Federation, 8th, 28th and 48th Section. Graham returned to the frame at Huntingdon (1) to net 2nd Club, 5th Federation and 31st Section. Graham was back on the winning trail out of Huntingdon (2) after timing two birds to win a brilliant 1st and 5th Club, 2nd and 12th Federation, 15th and 43rd Section out of an entry of 2,39 birds, and followed that up by netting a tidy 3rd Club, 4th Federation and 19th Section from the Folkestone (2) National. Graham enjoyed a great clocking day out of Oakham (4) when timing no fewer than four of his squad to score a cracking 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th Federation, 12th, 16th, 33rd and 48th Section. Graham racked up another win out of the French channel race Burbure from a distance of 358 miles after clocking a 3y to win a cracking 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 44th Section and 196th Combine. Moving onto the young birds where Graham had four birds on the clock from the second race Wetherby (2) to notch up 11th Federation, 12th, 32nd, 37th and 39th Section. Two youngsters were timed in 29 seconds from Oakham (2) to win a top-notch 1st and 4th Club, 3rd and 8th Federation with the red and yellow card scorers going on to net 7th and 21st Section from a convoy of 4,008 birds. A single baby was on the clock out of Bubwith to notch up 19th Federation and 34th Section.

 

 

 

   Hindmarsh, Stedman & Black had a couple of their old bird Bubwith entries in the frame to pocket a useful 5th and 6th Club, 6th and 7th Federation, 27th and 31st Section, and followed that up a week later by timing two birds in 7 seconds to chalk up a notable 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th and 5th Federation, 37th and 39th Section. A single bird was on the clock at Oakham (1) to net a creditable 3rd Club, 3rd Federation and 14th Section. The boys hit top spot out of Oakham (2) when their 1st Club winner went on to win an outstanding 1st Federation and 19th Section out of 5,916 birds. The lad's notched up 118th UNC at the Folkestone (1) National and then took 4th, 5th and 7th Club, 7th, 12th and 15th Federation, 48th Section and 198th UNC out of the channel race Ypres. The lad's returned to the winners' enclosure a week later out of Chelmsford (2) when their 1st Club winner scored a belting 3rd Federation and 48th Section when there were 3,704 birds competing. Three birds were in the frame out of Reims chalking up a nice 2nd and 6th Club, 2nd and 9th Federation, 13th and 24th Section, 87th, 129th and 237th Combine. Next, we have young bird Wetherby (2) where a single baby was timed to claim 20th Federation and 23rd Section. The lad's had another single bird in the frame out of Chelmsford to lift 4th Club, 9th Federation and 36th Section. Onto Bubwith the final race of 2019 where a trio of youngsters were on the clock to lift a very nice 3rd Club, 3rd, 20th and 21st Federation, 5th and 38th = Section.

 

 

 

   The partnership of Dixon & Johnson was in the frame at old bird Chelmsford (1) to lift a useful 5th Club, 5th Federation and 34th Section, then notched up 165th UNC at the Folkestone (1) National before netting a very nice 2nd Club, 4th Federation. 17th Section and 62nd UNC Ypres. The lad's topped the charts from Oakham (4) the final old bird inland race of the season from a distance of 170 miles which turned out to be a very testing race for the birds flying into a North-West wind. With the 1st Club winner that took 3 hours 56 minutes 48 seconds going onto chalk up a brilliant 1st Federation and 10th Section out of an entry of 2,362 birds. A couple of birds were on the clock out of young bird Wetherby (2) to pocket 25th and 33rd Section and a week later 5th Club, 14th Federation and 32nd Section Newark Show Ground was taken. The boys were back in the points at Oakham (2) when two birds were timed one second apart to net a creditable 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th and 5th Federation, 8th and 9th Section, and then a single baby was timed at Chelmsford to pocket 3rd Club, 7th Federation and 32nd Section. The partnership had two of their 18 Maidstone National entries touch down together to steam-roll their way to an outstanding 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 2nd Federation and 3rd = Section out of an entry of 1,963 birds, 34th and 35th Up North Combine from a convoy of 9,020 birds which was a top-notch performance. A single bird was in the clock the following race from Bubwith to pocket a creditable 4th Club, 4th Federation and 7th Section.

 

 

 

   The loft of Billy Reay & May Brothers were on the clock out of old bird Chelmsford (1) to pot 6th Club, 8th Federation and 45th Section; and then the lad's rose to the occasion from the French race point Roye where they won a very impressive 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 9th Section out of 1,315 birds, 52nd Up North Combine when there was 6,476 birds competing and 55th North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup from a convoy of 8,321 birds flying 415 miles. The lad's got their act together again from the next water race Bourges when they clocked one of their six entries to win a brilliant 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 16th Section and 71st Up North Combine out of 1,275 birds. With the boys pole position winner that was the only bird recorded in race time in the Club from a distance of 583 miles lifted 5th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £85.70. Two birds were in the points at Huntingdon (2) to lift 2nd and 4th Club, 3rd and 10th Federation, 18th and 41st Section and then a nice 3rd Club, 4th Federation and 19th Section was taken at the Folkestone (2) National. Onto the water race Reims where three birds were on the clock to chalk up 5th Club, 8th and 12th Federation, 23rd and 32nd Section, 125th, 160th and 229th Combine. A single bird was on the clock out of young bird Wetherby (1) to lift 12th Federation and 13th Section.

 

 

Good Corn presenting a cheque for £750 to Kyle May of May & Son winners of 2nd Breeder.

 

   A new name has come into the frame with that being the loft of G Shields who had a couple of birds on the clock from young bird Wetherby (2) to lift 9th Federation, 10th and 42nd Section. A single baby was on the clock the following race at Newark Show Ground to pocket 6th Club, 17th Federation and 42nd Section and then another solo bird was timed a week later at Oakham (1) to pot 3rd Club, 6th Federation and 29th Section. The lad was in the frame again a week later at Oakham (2) to pocket 5th Club, 14th Federation and 36th Section and then timed two of his Chelmsford entries to claim a notable 2nd and 5th Club, 4th and 10th Federation, 17th and 39th Section. The for ever trying lad had no fewer than four of his Bubwith entries on the clock to score a cracking 2nd and 5th Club, 2nd, 5th, 17th and 18th Federation, 3rd, 9th, 31st and 33rd Section.  A second new name came into the fold from young bird Sand Hutton when the partnership of Miller, Hall & Downes won a magnificent 1st Club and 1st Federation from a convoy of 1,060 birds which was a brilliant performance. The lads were in the frame again out of Wetherby (2) when they notched up 44th Section.         

 

 

 

   The partnership of White & Blackburn of Blyth Borough H/S came up trumps on the opening day of the 2019 racing season at old bird Bubwith after winning an outstanding 1st Club, 4th Federation, 18th Section out of 5,246 birds. The partnership then chalked up a notable 2nd Club, 7th Federation and 43rd Section out of Oakham (2) the following race. The partnership returned to the top from Oakham (4) winning a cracking 1st Club, 9th Federation and 43rd Section out of 2,362 birds. On to young bird Oakham (2) where an incredible 1st Club, 1st Federation and 4th Section was won from a convoy of 4,008 birds.

 

 

 

   Mel Murray is the previous winner of 1st Up North Combine Old Bird Brooklands in 2006 with a 2 year old blue pied hen named “Brooklands Dainty” from a convoy of 20,221 birds. The Gold Medal winning “Brooklands Dainty” had already won 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 14th Section, 34th Up North Combine Brookslands (1) National from a convoy of 29,005 from a distance of 300 miles was also joint winner of the North Of England Homing Union “Bucktons Trophy” for her two outstanding performances. Now on to Mel's 2019 racing season where he timed a couple of his old bird Newark Show Ground entries in the space of 6 seconds to win a most impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 2nd Federation, 21st and 25th Section when there was 6,790 birds competing. Mel was back in winners' enclosure out of Oakham (2) when he won a belting 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 30th Section from an entry of 5,916 birds and quickly followed that up by winning a cracking 1st Club, 6th Federation and 36th Section out of the tough Chelmsford (1) from a convoy of 4,903 birds.

 

 

 

   Moving onto Chelmsford (2) where Mel won a cracking 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 43rd Section when there were 3,740 birds away. Onto Huntingdon (1) a distance of 199 miles which produced another winning performance for Mel after timing a couple of 2y four minutes apart to win an impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 6th Federation, 9th and 36th Section when there were 3,754 birds away. Huntingdon (2) brought another winning performance after Mel timed a 2y to win a cracking 1st Club, 4th Federation and 29th Section from an entry of 2,939 birds, and then 2nd Club, 10th Federation and 47th Section was notched up out of Oakham (4). Mel had two birds on the clock out of young bird Oakham (2) to chalk up a notable 2nd and 5th Club, 2nd and 10th Federation, 6th and 25th Federation. Mel returned to the winners' enclosure the following race at Chelmsford winning an impressive 1st Club, 5th Federation and 22nd Section out of an entry of 3,185 birds. With the red card winner covering the 245 miles flying into a very testing North West wind in 6 hours 22 minutes 5 seconds to record a chart-topping vel of 1129.

 

 

  

   The loft of S Lyons the winner of 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section and 3rd Up North Combine Reims winning a Combine Bronze Medal from a convoy of 8,775 birds and the winner of 1st Club and 1st Federation young bird Sand Hutton out of 1,194 birds in 2018; had a couple of his Roye entries on the clock to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 9th and 11th Federation, 40th and 50th Section, 202nd and 237th Up North Combine from a convoy of 6,476 birds. Another winning performance was achieved out of the Folkestone (2) National when a yearling won a belting 1st Club, 5th Federation and 25th Section out of 1,990 birds and then 2nd Club, 11th Federation, 30th Section and 156th UNC was netted at Reims. Now we go onto the young birds where a top-notch 1st Club, 6th Federation and 14th Section was won from Newark Show Ground from a convoy of 5,185 birds.

 

 

 

   The partnership of White & Son came up trumps out of Bourges the longest race of the season when they timed one of their four entries from a distance of 584 miles to win a fantastic 1st Club, 1st Federation, 5th Section and 19th Up North Combine from a convoy of 1,275 birds. The lad's winner was the only bird in the Club and only one of two birds recorded in race time in the Federation which was an outstanding performance. A single bird was in the frame out of Huntingdon (2) to pocket 4th Club, 11th Federation and 42nd Section. The lad's hit back at the fourth channel race when they timed a couple of yearlings to win a superb 1st and 3rd Club, 10th and 13th Federation, 26th and 40th Section, 135th and 184th UNC Reims out of 3,124 birds flying 471 miles. The partnership hit top spot out of young bird Wetherby (2) winning 1st Club and 41st Section out of an entry of 5,239 birds, and then they had two birds in the frame from Oakham (2) to pot 4th and 6th Club, 7th and 13th Federation, 16th and 34th Section. A single bird was in the points at Chelmsford to pot a useful 2nd Club, 8th Federation and 35th Section, and then 3rd Club, 24th Federation and 50th Section was netted at Bubwith. The youngsters really hit winning form a week later at Wakefield the last race of the season winning an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 6th, 7th and 11th Federation, 1st, 15th, 16th and 35th Section from a convoy of 1,353 birds to finish the season in fantastic style.

 

 

White & Son winners of 1st Section young bird Wakefield from an entry of 1,353 birds.

 

   The partnership of Fawcus & Savage the winners of 1st Club and 1st Federation young bird Wetherby (2) in 2018 out of an entry of 1,096 birds, entered the charts out of Huntingdon (2) to lift 2nd Club with their blue card scoring yearling going on to pot 6th Federation and 33rd Section. The loft of Pringle & Son was in the points from Huntingdon (2) where they timed a 2y taking 3rd Club, 9th Federation and 40th Section. Tate Brothers the winners of 1st Up North Combine Bourges in 2017 from a distance of 583 miles with the Gold Medal winning “Joyce” from a a convoy of 1,795 birds, clocked a yearling out of Huntingdon (2) to notch up 5th Club, 13th Federation and 45th Section, with all five Club positions being taken by five different lofts which does not happen very often. The Brothers stormed to victory at young bird Bubwith when they timed a couple of babies in two seconds to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 22nd and 23rd Federation, 41st and 45th Section when there were 2,423 birds away. It was welcome into the frame to Mr & Mrs Morton who had a single bird on the clock from young bird Oakham (2) to chalk up a very nice 3rd Club, 6th Federation and 10th Section.  

 

 

 

   The loft of Secombe & Richardson of Bedlington & District H/S got of to a winning start to the season after winning a notable 1st Club, 8th Federation and 41st Section from old bird Bubwith when there were 5,246 birds competing. 

 

 

 

   The partnership of Kinahan & Larmouth hit the winners' enclosure at old bird Oakham (1) when their red card winner went on to score a very nice 4th Federation and 33rd Section when there were 6,456 birds away. The lad's stayed at the top of the charts the following race out of Oakham (2) where they racked up a notable 1st Club, 4th Federation and 32nd Section from 5,916 birds. The boys hit top spot again a week later from the very testing Chelmsford (1) race when a couple of yearlings were timed 1 minute apart to win a creditable 1st and 2nd Club, 7th and 9th Federation, 37th and 47th Section when there were 4,903 birds competing. The partnership went to Town a week later from the Folkestone (1) National when their birds achieved a superb performance winning a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th Federation, 21st, 22nd, 30th and 33rd = Section, 44th, 46th, 75th and 80th = Up North Combine from a convoy of 15,161 birds. The lad's timed a later fancied bird to lift 7th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £13.30 and 123rd UNC and another timer took 179th Combine to end a delightful days racing.

 

 

 

   The lad's stayed in the winners' enclosure in great style a week later from Oakham (3) when a trio of their entries were timed to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Federation, 5th = and 28th Section out of an entry of 4,584 birds. The boys timed a couple of yearlings out of of the first channel race Ypres to pocket 3rd Club, 6th and 18th Federation, 29th Section and 138th UNC. The partnership timed a couple of yearlings out of Huntingdon (1) to win a superb 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 4th Federation, 3rd and 25th Section from a convoy of 3,754 birds. The lads were victorious again from Huntingdon (2) when they timed three yearlings to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 5th and 8th Federation, 14th, 30th and 39th Section when there were 2,939 birds away. Onto the Folkestone (2) National where a yearling was timed to win an awesome 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 18th Section when there were 1,990 birds competing. The boy's painted the Town red from Oakham (4) from the distance of 174 miles when no less than four birds were on the clock to win a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 12th Federation, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 50th Section from a convoy of 2,362 birds which was an outstanding team performance on a very tough day. 

 

 

 

   What a brilliant loft performance the partnerships birds put up at the second young bird race Wetherby (2) after no fewer than six youngsters were timed in 11 seconds to win a mind-blowing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Club, 10th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 19th Federation, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 21st Section when there was 5,239 birds which was a top-notch team performance. Another cracking performance was enjoyed the following race out of Newark Show Ground when no less than four birds were clocked in 12 seconds to chalk up a notable 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Club, 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th Federation, 18th, 19th, 20th and 25th Section. A couple of youngsters were timed 19 seconds apart at Oakham (1) to lift 3rd and 4th Club, 5th and 11th Federation, 27th and 50th Section. Two weeks later when the birds were at Chelmsford the inform partnerships youngsters achieved a most impressive performance when three birds were timed to win an earth-shattering 1st, 2nd (2 seconds apart) and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd and 11th Federation, 4th, 6th and 40th Section from a convoy of 3,185 birds. This was a very hard race with the birds being liberated in a North-West wind and flying 249 miles with the winner covering that distance in 6 hours 22 minutes 44 seconds to record a top vel of 1145.

 

 

   A single bird was in the frame a week later from out of the Maidstone National to win a top-notch 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 8th Section and 55th UNC out of an entry of 9,020 birds. The birds were at the back over Bubwith the following week when the lad's continued their fantastic form after a trio of birds were timed in two seconds to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 13th, 14th and 15th Federation, 24th, 25th and 27th Section. The boys ended the 2019 racing season on a high after timing a couple of their Wakefield entries in the space of 28 seconds to win a belting 1st and 4th Club, 9th and 15th Federation, 26th and 42nd Section out of 1,353 birds. The lad's outstanding season was rewarded with them being 6th highest points winners in the Section with a total of 1,239pts.     

 

 

 

   The loft of Dinning & Lumsden were in the points out of old bird Oakham (1) where a useful 2nd Club, 5th Federation and 35th Section was taken. A trio of birds were timed in the space of 23 seconds out of the Folkestone (1) National to net 6th, 7th and 8th Club, 10th, 11th and 12th Federation, 38th, 39th and 44th Section, 87th, 88th and 102nd Combine. The partnership stormed to top the charts out of Chelmsford (2) when their 1st Club winner went on to win a brilliant 1st Federation and 14th Section from a convoy of 3,704 birds. A yearling was timed out of Huntingdon (1) to rack up a useful 3rd Club, 7th Federation and 37th Section, and another yearling was in the points out of the Folkestone (2) National netting 2nd Club, 7th Federation and 45th Section. It was back over the water for the duo's next winning performance where they timed a 2y to win a fantastic 1st Club, 1st Federation, 20th Section and 99th UNC out of a entry of 8,025 birds flying 361 miles.  

 

   A couple of birds were on the clock from Wetherby (2) to pocket 6th and 7th Federation, 19th and 20th Section. And then it was boom-boom time a week later at Newark Show Ground when a trio of youngsters were timed in the space of 12 seconds to win an awesome 1st, 2nd and 6th Club, 7th, 8th and 12th Federation, 16th, 17th and 24th Section out of an entry of 5,185 birds. A single bird was timed out of Oakham (1) to pocket a notable 2nd Club, 2nd Federation and 6th Section and then 3rd Club, 6th Federation and 25th Section was potted at Chelmsford. The partnership returned to the winners' enclosure at Bubwith winning a top-notch 1st Club, 6th Federation and 12th Section from a convoy of 2,423 birds. The lad's rounded off the season by timing two youngsters nine seconds apart to chalk up 2nd and 3rd Club, 12th and 14th Federation, 36th and 41st Section.

 

 

 

   Morse Brothers stamped their authority out of  Ypres when they timed no fewer than six of their channel entries to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 1st, 3rd, 8th, 11th, 16th and 17th Federation, 8th, 14th and 49th Section, 16th, 47th, 202nd and 236th Up North Combine out of an entry of 12,043 birds. I don't know these lad's but I do know they hit the winners' enclosure for the second time over the channel when they timed two of their Roye entries to win an impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation, 4th and 9th Section out of 1,315 birds, 19th and 53rd Up North Combine when there was 6,476 birds competing, 20th and 56th North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup from a convoy of 8,321 birds flying 418 miles which was a fantastic performance. The blue card scorer was the same bird that won 1st Club, 1st Federation, 8th Section and 16th UNC Ypres two weeks earlier which is a brilliant achievement from the 2y. Over the pond again where the Brothers had one of their three Reims entries in the clock to score a useful 4th Club, 13th Federation, 33rd Section and 161st UNC. The boys catapulted their way to a top-class 1st Club, 1st Federation and 2nd Section at young bird Oakham (1) from a convoy of 4,325 birds. 

 

 

 

   The loft of R Bowey hit the heights at Reims after timing no fewer than three of his five entries in the space of 10 minutes from the distance of 472 miles to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Federation, 6th, 9th and 17th Section, 60th, 69th and 105th UNC when there was 3,124 birds competing which was a fantastic achievement. 

 

 

 

   Mr & Mrs Gaze & Family of Independent have flown a good Pigeon over the years and they proved themselves again in 2019 achieving a number of winning performance with their first win coming on day one when they won a notable 1st Club, 8th Federation and 42nd = Section out of Bubwith when there was 5,246 birds away. Win number two off the belt was achieved at Newark Show Ground when they won an impressive 1st Club, 1st Federation and 9th Section from a convoy of 6,790 which was a fantastic achievement from such a big entry. The Family recorded their third consecutive win at Oakham (1) when their chart-topper went on to pocket a useful 7th Federation and 43rd Section out of 6,456 birds; and then 1st Club, 5th Federation, 34th Section was won from Oakham (2). On to the channel where the first race was out of Ypres where a couple of birds were in the frame to win 1st and 3rd Club, 10th and 19th Federation with the red card winner going onto score 220th UNC out of 12,043 birds. The Family enjoyed a brilliant loft performance two weeks later out of the second channel race from Roye in France when no fewer than four of their entries were timed in just under four and a half minutes to score a very impressive 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th Federation, 26th, 36th, 37th and 43rd Section, 132nd, 189th, 193rd and 212th Up North Combine. With the partnerships well-fancied fourth timer going onto take 6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £17.96 and 9th North Of England Championship Club netting £30.31 to round off a very good day.   

 

 

 

   The loft of Douglas & Douglas were in the points from Ypres to lift 2nd Club and 14th Federation and then two weeks later the partnership won a fantastic 1st Club, 4th Federation, 11th Section, 58th Up North Combine and 64th North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup Roye from a convoy of 8,321 birds flying 415 miles. Onto the young birds where a top-notch 1st Club, 7th Federation and 32nd Section was won when there were 4,325 birds away. The partnership won pole position again out of Oakham (2) when a nice 1st Club, 12th Federation and 27th Section was won from a convoy of 4,008 birds. 

 

 

 

   The Isabella Flying Club partnership of Alan Long & Daughter (Long & Streener) were the winners of a nice 1st Club, 9th Federation and 49th Section old bird Oakham (1) out of 6,456 birds. And then a cracking 1st Club, 4th Federation and 31st Section was won from Oakham (2) when there was 4,584 birds away, and that was followed up by winning a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 9th and 20th Federation Ypres with the chart-topper going on to net 214th UNC when there was 12,043 birds competing. The partnership racked up a notable 1st Club, 8th Federation and 42nd Section out of Huntingdon (1) out of 3,754 birds flying 200 miles. Things took a turn for the better at young bird Wetherby (2) when a couple of early babies were timed one second apart to win a superb 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 4th Federation, 4th and 5th Section from a convoy of 5,239 birds. The partnerships youngsters produced another top-class performance a week later at Newark Show Ground when no less than four of their squad were timed to win a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd, 15th and 16th Federation, 1st, 2nd and 36th = Section winning the “T Young Trophy” from a convoy of 5,185 birds. With the blue card scorer that was 2 seconds behind the winner being the same youngster that netted 2nd Club, 4th Federation and 5th Section the previous week when beaten by one second by a loftmate that won 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 4th Section Wetherby (2) when there was 5,239 birds competing. 

 

 

 

   The partnership were on a roll when the form loft continued their winning ways at Oakham (2) when a trio of birds were timed in the space of 41 seconds to win an awesome 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 9th, 11th and 17th Federation, 22nd, 26th and 50th Section out of an entry of 4,008 birds. With the red card winning youngster being the previous scorer of 3rd Club, 15th Federation and 36th Section at Newark Show Ground when beaten by two loftmates that won a superb 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 2nd Federation, 1st and 2nd Section from a convoy of 5,185 birds. Another winning performance was drummed up 2 weeks later from the Maidstone National when a belting 1st Club, 4th Federation and 47th Section was won out of 1,963 birds. A absolutely top-draw loft performance was racked up the following race from Bubwith when no less than five of the partnerships inform team were timed in four seconds to win a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th Federation, 17th, 19th, 20th and 22nd = Section when there was 2,423 birds competing. Onto the last race of the 2019 season which took place from Wakefield and what a delightful race it was for the much inform partnership after timing no fewer than six of their squad to win a brilliant first six Club positions, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th and 13th Federation, 3rd, 10th, 11th, 24th, 33rd and 37th Section from a convoy of 1,353 birds to round off a very impressive young bird season. The lofts performance throughout the season earned them 12th highest points scorers in the Section with a total of 658pts      

 

 

 

   The partnership of T S & J Dawson hit a winning run from the Folkestone (2) National when their yearling won a cracking 1st Club, 6th Federation and 36th Section when there was 1,990 birds away. The partnership that consists of Tom a former President of the North of England Homing Union where up there again from Oakham (4) when a top-notch 1st Club, 7th Federation and 21st Section was won when there were 2,362 birds flying a distance of 175 miles. 

 

 

 

   The outstanding partnership of Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan “Bleach Man” Patterson of Hirst Industrial of the Wansbeck Federation proved to be a handful in 2019 with the lad's birds achieving so many top loft performances from all distances throughout the racing season.  Carl, Kristian & Jonathan got off to a dream start at old bird Bubwith when they blitzed the rest of their Club and Federation mates by timing an outstanding nine birds to win the first nine Club positions to go onto win a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th Wansbeck Federation, 4th, 5th, 24th, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 40th and 42nd = Section from a convoy of 5,246 birds to round off a top-drawer loft performance. The lads were in pole position again out of Oakham (1) winning a very nice first eight Club positions, 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st Federation, 15th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 42nd, 45th, 47th and 50th Section when there was 6,456 birds competing. Onto Oakham (2) which saw the boys rack up another cracking winning performance to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 4th, 7th, 10th and 17th Federation, 8th, 22nd, 33rd and 45th Section out of an entry of 5,916 birds. 

 

 

Common, Lumsdon & Patterson's “Universal Machine” bred by S Common, winner of 1st Club, 1st Federation, 9th Section and 32nd Up North Combine Bourges.

Good Corn presenting silverware to Kristian Lumsdon of Common, Lumsdon & Patterson.

 

   Moving onto the very had Chelmsford (1) race where the birds were liberated in a very testing North-West wind which was always going to be a tough one from the distance of 250 miles. Carl, Kristain & Jonathan's birds were put to the sword but still rose to the occasion winning a star-studded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 13th and 14th Federation, 5th, 6th, 10th, 24th, 46th and 50th Section from a convoy of 4,903 birds. With the Federation chart-topper being just under 1 minute in front of the lad's blue card scorer and just under 6 minutes ahead of their sixth timer, there was big gaps on arrivals from all lofts that day. Now onto the first classic race of the season which took place from the Folkestone (1) National with the birds having to cover the 304 miles flying into a North wind, with Carl, Kristain & Jonathan's first bird taking 5 hours 41 minutes 54 seconds and their second arrival trapped 2 seconds later with their third bird being clocked 11 seconds later to win an awesome 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Federation, 9th, 10th and 12th Section, 23rd, 24th and 26th Up North Combine from a convoy of 15,161 birds. With their well-fancied pole position winner lifting 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £165.92. The lad's timed another seven birds to take the next seven Club positions 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th Federation, 41st and 43rd Section, 92nd, 101st, 113th (6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £31.12.), 122nd, 145th, 154th and 155th (Federation Nomination winner netting £80.00 and 9th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club taking £11.10.) Combine to see off another top-notch team performance.  

 

 

 

 

   Nine birds were on the clock from Oakham (3) to win the first 9 Club positions with the timers going onto win a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 16th and 19th Federation, 2nd, 4th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th, 32nd, 34th and 48th Section from a convoy of 4,584 birds. The next race was over the pond at Ypres where 1st Club and 16th Federation was won out of 291 birds. Carl, Kristain & Jonathan clocked up another winning loft performance from Chelmsford (2) after five birds were timed to win belting 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 4th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Federation, 12th, 23rd =, 40th and 41st Section from an entry of 3,740 birds. A tremendous team performance was achieved from the second channel race Roye when their squad won a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 2nd and 4th Federation, 6th, 8th and 18th Section out of 1,315 birds, 28th, 51st and 99th Up North Combine when there was 6,476 birds away. With the red and blue card scorers that were timed 5 minutes apart going onto chalk up a very nice 30th and 53rd North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup from a convoy of 8,321 birds flying 420 miles. The boys clocked a later fancied bird to lift 9th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £9.30.

 

 

 

   The birds were back on English soil a week later at Huntingdon (1) a distance of 204 miles but it doesn’t matter where the birds were from Carl, Kristain & Jonathan kept on churning out winning performances, this time the lad's clocked  seven birds to win the first 7 Club positions and go onto win a breath-taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th Federation, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 14th, 41st and 44th Section when there was 3,754 birds competing, with the first four birds on the clock being timed in 19 seconds. Carl, Kristain & Jonathan have won from here, won from there and now they have won from everywhere including Bourges a distance of 588 miles after timing four of their longest race entries to win a top-drawer 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th Federation, 9th, 13th, 14th and 18th Federation out of 302 birds, 32nd, 61st, 63rd and 76th Up North Combine from a convoy of 1,275 birds. The following race was back on home ground at Huntingdon (2) when nine birds were in the frame to win a top-notch first 9 Club positions, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th (5 birds in 4 seconds), 14th, 16th and 18th Federation, 13th, 20th, 21st, 22nd =, 24th, 28th, 38th and 50th Section out of 2,939 birds.   

 

 

 

   The Folkestone (2) National saw the trio time no fewer than ten of their inform squad to win a brilliant first 10 Club positions, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Federation, 11th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 30th, 38th and 43rd Section from a convoy of 1,990 birds. One of their 12 Reims entries from the distance of 475 miles was timed to win 1st Club, 5th Federation, 41st Section and 185th UNC out of 3,124 birds. Carl, Kristain & Jonathan were back to their best a week later at Oakham (4) the last inland race of the 2019 old bird season when they clocked no fewer than five of their top-notch squad in the space of 2 minutes to win an awesome 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Federations, 5th, 6th, 8th, 14th and 17th Section flying 176 miles from a convoy of 2,362 birds. The red card winner touched down one second in front of the blue card scorer and 11 seconds before the green card potter which was very impressive from the very testing race with the birds having to fly into a North-West wind with the pole position winner taking 4 hours 4 minutes 8 seconds and the fifth bird on the clock taking 4 hours 6 minutes 2 seconds.  

 

 

 

   Moving on to the final old bird race of the 2019 racing season which was over the pond at the French race point Burbure a distance of 363 miles, where Carl, Kristain & Jonathan's inform team produced the eleven gun salute winning a tremendous first 11 Club positions, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Federation, 5th, 8th, 9th, 15th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 34th, 37th, 45th and 46th Section. With all eleven timers making the UNC result to lift 33rd, 53rd, 54th, 84th, 133rd, 156th, 157th, 166th, 175th, 201st and 203rd Combine from a convoy of 8,025 birds which was a superb team performance. “The Dynamic Trio” were in the money for their well-fancied pooled to the hilt green card scoring yearling won 1st Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking a very tidy £267.90 to see off a first class old bird season which produced so many outstanding team performances right the way through the season.

 

 

 

   Out with the old birds and in with the young birds did not make any difference to Carl, Kristain & Jonathan for their youngsters racked up a top performance at the second race Wetherby (2) winning a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th Federation, 14th, 28th, 29th and 35th Section from a convoy of 5,239 birds. Six of the best was racked up a week later out of Newark Show Ground when the first six Club positions were won with the timers going onto win a most impressive 1st, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 13th and 15th Federation, 4th, 13th, 26th, 33rd, 47th and 50th Section when there was 5,185 birds competing. Next up is Oakham (1) which turned out a mixed race with the birds being liberated in a South-East wind which was going to push the birds onto achieve very fast times, over a mile a minute, which they did. Some top and inform lofts got very quick-fire returns while others had gaps in their returns which doesn’t always add up, which you will later see. Carl, Kristain & Jonathan had another successful race after timing seven birds to win the first seven Club positions which they have being doing regular away this season. Their red card winner named “Ulster's Promise” was bred by Gregg Brothers & McCandless topped the Club charts by 8 minutes (76ypm) and went on to win a very impressive 1st Federations by 46ypm but the youngsters success never stopped there for the chart-topping Federation winning “Ulster's Promise” went onto win a tremendous 1st Section winning the “Weekly Courier Trophy” from a convoy of 4,325 birds, topping the Section by 38ypm which was a brilliant solo performance. So, what about Carl, Kristain & Jonathan other six timers? They were clocked in five seconds to lift 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 20th Federation, 38th = 41st, 44th, 47th and 49th Section. It just goes to show what can happen on fast days, some birds make a quick breakaway at the race point while others get their heads down and overshot, while some get blown a bit of course.

 

 

 

   The first eight Club positions were won at Oakham (2) when the out in front red card winner went on to score 6th Federation out of 19 members muster of 521 birds and 46th Section when there was 4,008 birds competing. The other seven timers that were clocked in the space of six seconds netted 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Federation. Onto the very testing Chelmsford race where eight birds were timed to lift 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 16th and 17th Federation, 16th, 18th, 27th and 33rd Section. Carl, Kristain & Jonathan spring boarded back to top slot a week later from the Maidstone National winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club, 5th, 9th, 11th and 20th Federation from a 14 members entry of 272 birds, with the well-fancied red card winner that had previously scored a couple of times going on to lift 29th Section, 4th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking a very nice £134.34 and 192nd Up North Combine from a convoy of 9,020 birds, while the blue card potter netted 41st Section and the green card lifter notched up 50th Section. 

 

 

 

   Carl, Kristain & Jonathan racked up another belting performance at Bubwith after timing no less than eight of their entries in 51 seconds to win an outstanding first eight Club positions, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 13th and 18th Federation out of a 18 members muster of 475 birds, 10th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 26th, 40th and 47th Section from a convoy of 2,423 birds. The winning flag was flying again out of Wakefield the final race of the very successful season for Carl, Kristain & Jonathan after filling the clock to win rip-roaring first 10 Club positions, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 13th Federation out of a 14 members entry of 316 birds, 4th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 39th and 45th Section from a convoy of 1,353 birds to round off a top class season.          

 

 

 

   The loft of Alderton & Eaton came into the frame big style at young bird Chelmsford when they stormed the charts to win an outstanding 1st Club, 1st Federation and 13th Section from a convoy of 3,185 birds. It was all fly for the youngsters that day for they were up in a North-West wind which was always going to be tough going for them, more so the winning birds were on the wing double the time they had being the previous race from 175 miles. This very tiring race was from 250 miles with the partnership pole position Federation winner taking 6 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds. The following week when the birds were at the Maidstone National 3rd Club and 19th Federation was notched up. The partnership of  S & K Herron netted 18th Federation at young bird Chelmsford. Mr & Mrs Drury timed a blue cock out of young bird Wakefield to chalk up 14th Federation from a 14 members entry of 316 birds. 

 

 

 

   The very highly successful loft of Barron & Son of Ashington & District H/S the previous winners of 1st Up North Combine Chenoise in 1999 with the Gold Medal winning “Bant's Choice” from a convoy of 6,046 birds flying 495 miles and 1st Up North Combine Young Bird Maidstone National in 2012 with the Gold Medal winning “Proven Point” from a convoy of 14,153 birds have being a force for many years. The first race of the season saw Davey and loft helper Bant time four birds at Bubwith to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 3rd, 9th, 12th and 13th Federation, 7th, 39th, 49th and 50th Section. Davey & Bant really went to Town from Newark Show Ground where he timed no fewer than an astonishing nine of his entries to win a earth-shattering first nine Club and Federation positions with his team going onto pot 14th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st and 35th Section out of 6,790 birds. Onto Oakham (1) where Davey & Bant's birds produced another brilliant loft performance when an astonishing 12 birds were timed in 2 minutes to win the first 12 positions in the Club and a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th Federation, 3rd, 4th, 5th  =, 6th, 9th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 28th and 32nd Section from a convoy 6,456 birds which doesn’t get much better than that. 

 

 

 

   Davey & Bant were on the winning road again the following week out of Oakham (2) to record his fourth straight win after timing thirteen birds to win the first thirteen Club positions and a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th Federation, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 35th, 37th, 38th, 39th, 41st and 48th Section when there was 5,916 birds competing. Moving onto the testing Chelmsford (1) race where Davey & Bant's birds came through with flying colours having eight birds on the clock to win a top-notch first eight Club positions, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Federation, 12th, 13th, 14th, 25th, 29th, 35th and 42nd = Section when there was 4,903 birds competing. With the first three birds on the clock being timed  in the space of five seconds, while the eighth bird on the clock being just over 3 minutes behind the lofts leading birds. Davey & Bant's inform birds were up for it again at the Folkestone (1) National when they won a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 17th Federation, 7th, 31st, 45th and 48th Section, 15th, 76th, 103rd, 108th, 131st and 181st UNC from a convoy of 15,161 birds. 

 

 

 

   The first 9 Club positions were at Oakham (3) scoring an impressive 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th Federation, 8th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 29th, 30th, 33rd, 35th and 46th Section out of 4,584 birds. Onto the first channel race from Ypres where Davey & Bant won 1st and 2nd Club 1st and 19th Federation from a 22 members entry of 291 birds with the red card winner going on to lift 11th Section and 21st Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds. More success came Davey & Bant's way a week later from Chelmsford (2) when the duo won a blistering first 12 Club positions, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th Federation, 5th, 6th, 7th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 35th and 36th Section out of an entry of 3,740 birds. A couple of yearlings were on the clock out of Roye from the distance of 423 miles to win a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 5th and 7th Federation, 29th and 38th Section, 151st and 197th Up North Combine out of 6,476 birds, a third bird was on the clock to pocket 241st Combine.

 

 

 

   Davey & Bant had a couple of their Huntingdon (1) entries in the frame to win 1st and 2nd Club, 7th and 8th Federation, 26th and 33rd Section out of 3,754 birds. It was like a red  arrow air display at Huntingdon (2) when Davey & Bant timed nine of their squad to win a breath-taking first 9 Club positions, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 15th and 17th Federation, 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 31st and 48th Section winning the “Hart & Hall Trophy” from a convoy of 2,939 birds. The pole position Section winner was well out in front of Davey & Bant's 2nd Section scorer by 3 minutes but once the two lads’ had clocked their third bird they had four birds in 6 seconds. It was game on again for Davey & Bant from the Folkestone (2) National when a trio of birds were timed in 10 seconds to win a superb 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 3rd and 5th Federation, 10th, 12th and 14th Section when there were 1,990 birds away. Back over the pond to Reims where Davey & Bant timed an early bird out of their 10 entries to win an incredible 1st Club, 1st Federation, 2nd Section out of 650 birds and 42nd Up North Combine from a convoy of 3,124 from the distance of 470 miles.

 

 

Bant receiving the “Hart & Hall Trophy on behalf of Davey Barron from Good Corn.

 

  Another top-drawer performance was achieved a week later from Oakham (4) when the boys had a trio of birds on the clock to win a top-notch 1st , 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 7th and 8th Federation, with the red card winning 3y that topped the Club charts by 5 minutes going on to lift a brilliant 3rd Section from an entry of 2,362 birds while the blue and green card potting yearlings went onto net 24th and 27th Section. Six of Davey & Bant's Burbure entries produced an awesome performance winning the first 6 Club positions, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th Federation, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th Section, 68th, 71st, 76th, 81st, 87th and 88th UNC when there was 8,025 birds competing. 

 

 

 

   Moving onto young bird race number two which took place at Wetherby (2) where four babies were timed to win a notable 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 8th Federation, 24th, 27th, 34th and 43rd Section when there were 5,239 birds away. Moving onto the Newark Show Ground where Davey & Bant won an outstanding first nine Club positions, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 14th Federation, 12th, 15th, 27th, 28th, 30th, 31st, 43rd = and 49th Section when there was 5,185 birds away. Oakham (1) provided another top-class team performance after Davey & Bant timed eleven birds in three minutes to win a top-drawer first eleven Club positions, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 16th and 19th Federation, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 43rd and 48th Section from an entry of 4,325 birds which was an awesome performance by anyone's standards. Four birds were timed in four seconds to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Club, 47th and 48th Section at Oakham (2). Onto Chelmsford where the first eight Club positions were won with the eight timers going onto score a belting 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th and 19th Federation, 19th, 24th, 45th and 49th Section out of 3,185 birds.

 

 

 

   Davey & Bant were on the winning trail again the following race out of the Maidstone National when a magical first six Club positions were won, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th and 17th Federation out of a 14 members muster of 272 birds, 10th, 19th, 25th, 35th, 37th and 46th Section from 1,963 birds, 83rd, 151st and 180th Combine when there was 9,020 birds competing. Two birds were timed two minutes apart at Bubwith to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 8th Federation from a 18 members entry of 475 birds, 4th and 32nd Section when there was 2,423 birds competing. The last race of the 2019 campaign was from Wakefield where Davey & Bant timed four birds to win a creditable 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 2nd, 10th, 19th and 20th Federation from a 14 members muster of 316 birds with the red and blue card scorers going onto lift 17th and 31st Section when there was 1,353 birds away to round off a brilliant seasons racing.   

 

 

 

   K Brown of Hirst Northern H/S achieved two straight wins when he won an impressive 1st Club, 18th Federation and 44th Section old bird Oakham (1) out of 6,456 birds and then won 1st Club, 15th Federation and 40th Section out of Oakham (2) when there was 5,916 birds away. Onto the Folkestone (1) National where 3rd Club and 20th Federation was chalked up and that was followed up a week later by winning a notable 1st Club, 7th Federation and 19th Section Oakham (3) when there were 4,584 birds competing. Another win was racked up out of Huntingdon (1) when the 1st Club winning yearling went onto score a cracking 6th Federation and 18th Section when there were 3,754 birds away. An SAS type of raid took place at young bird Bubwith when an impressive 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 11th Section was won from a convoy of 2,423 birds. The partnership of J & S Sweet hit winning form from the Folkestone (1) National when a couple of birds were timed to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 13th and 18th Federation, with the well-fancied red card winner taking 8th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £18.80. A couple of birds were on the clock at Ypres to notch up 6th and 9th Federation and then 14th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club was taken at Burbure to net £6.15.

 

 

 

   Keith Pearson & son Stephen are known for flying a very good channel Pigeon so it was no surprise when they timed a couple of their Ypres entries to win a cracking 1st and 4th Club, 4th and 7th Federation out of an entry of 291 birds. Channel win number two on the bounce was chalked up from Roye a distance of 420 miles when the 1st Club winner went onto score an awesome 3rd Federation, 14th Section, 80th Up North Combine out of 6,476 birds and 90th North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup from a convoy of 8,321 birds. The cream came to the top at Reims which is a distance of 475 miles from the French race point when no fewer than five of Keith & Stephen's entries were timed to win an most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Federation, 4th, 5th, 39th and 50th Section, 47th, 50th, 182nd, 228th and 239th UNC out of 3,124 birds. I had a feeling Keith & Stephen would be somewhere near the top out of the tough young bird Chelmsford a distance of 250 miles and the duo never let me down for they timed a blue hen to win a cracking 1st Club and 12th Federation with the red card winner taking 6 hours 36 minutes 33 seconds. Keith & Stephen rose to the occasion for the second race running out of the Maidstone National timing a trio of their entries to win a delightful 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 7th, 13th and 14th Federation from a 14 members entry of 272 birds, with the red card winner going onto chalk up 36th Section out of 1,963 birds to round off another great days racing. 

 

 

 

   The loft of V Shepherd had two birds in the clock out at Ypres to pocket 2nd Club, 5th and 14th Federation. On to the Young birds where two birds were timed in four seconds at Oakham (1) to win a rip-roaring 1st and 2nd Club, 9th and 10th Federation, 13th and 14th Section from a convoy of 4,325 birds. A chequer cock and a red hen were timed in six seconds at young bird Bubwith to chalk up 2nd and 3rd Club, 14th and 17th Section, with the blue card scoring cock going on to lift 48th Section. R Bell came into the frame at Ypres to lift 3rd Club and 6th Federation. The partnership of Longstaff & Blackburn notched up 5th Club and 11th Federation out of Ypres. The family partnership of Horton, Son & Daughter clocked two birds from over the pond race Ypres potting 13th and 20th Federation. The loft of P Kelly came into the frame out of the second channel race Roye when 2nd Club, 8th Federation, 48th Section and 234th UNC was netted by a yearling. Neville Daley the previous winner of 1st Up North Combine young bird Maidstone National in 1993 from a convoy of 23,548 birds, timed one of his four Bourges entries to win a top-notch 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 10th Section and 41st Up North Combine out of an entry of 1,275 birds flying 588 miles.  

 

 

 

   The Newbiggin H/S partnership of Alderton & Son who won 3 x 1st Federations in 2018 including an outstanding 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section and 2nd Up North Combine old bird Eastbourne National winning a Combine Silver Medal from a convoy of 18,545 birds, enjoyed a cracking race out of Ypres from a distance of 349 miles where they timed three of their entries to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd and 6th Club, 2nd, 3rd and 15th Federations. With the red and blue card scorers going on to score 27th and 35th Section, 132nd and 166th Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds. The blue card scorer was in the clock again two weeks later from the French race point Roye a distance of 419 miles to win a belting 1st Club, 6th Federation, 32nd Section and 163rd Up North Combine from a convoy of 6,475 birds. Moving onto Oakham (4) where a useful 2nd Club, 10th Federation and 39th Section was taken. A trio of birds were timed in 12 seconds at young bird Oakham (2) to pocket 11th, 12th and 13th Federation from a 19 members entry of 521 birds. A single youngster was on the clock from the Maidstone National to notch up 5th Club and 18th Federation and then no fewer than four youngsters were timed in sixteen seconds at Bubwith to lift a useful 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th Federation, with the yellow card potting blue hen going onto net 49th Section. Another couple of birds were in the frame a week later at Wakefield when a blue hen and a chequer hen were clocked one second apart to lift 3rd and 4th Club, 16th and 17th Federation.   

 

 

 

   The loft of Brown & Sons had a trio of their Ypres squad on the clock to lift 3rd, 5th and 7th Club, 8th, 10th and 18th Federations. The partnership rounded off their old bird inland season by winning a notable 1st Club, 9th Federation and 38th Section Oakham (4) from a convoy of 2,362 birds flying 176 miles. The lad's enjoyed a good race from young bird Oakham (2) where three youngsters were timed in a quick-fire three seconds to score an impressive 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Federation, 39th, 41st and 42nd Section. The boys racked up another win at the tough Chelmsford winning a well-earned 1st Club and 20th Federation and then clocked two birds at the Maidstone National to net 2nd and 4th Club, 14th and 16th Federation. The partnership of Callan & Bailey were in the points out of Ypres where they netted 4th Club and 9th Federation and then they won an awesome 1st Club, 5th Federation, 17th Section and 73rd Up North Combine Bourges out of 1,275 birds from a distance of 588 miles. Jimmy Common & Son took over the reins at Oakham (2) after timing a couple of birds in 20 seconds to win an outstanding 1st and 5th Club, 1st and 5th Federation out of a 19 members entry of 521 birds, 31st and 43rd Section from a convoy of 4,008 birds. The duo up staged their Clubmates for the second consecutive race when they won a belting 1st and 3rd Club, 4th and 15th Federation out of a 14 members entry of 272 birds, with their red card winner going on to lift 27th Section when there were 1,963 birds competing. A chequer hen was on the clock a week later at Bubwith to chalk up 2nd Club, 10th Federation and 37th Section and that was followed up the following week by winning a cracking 1st and 5th Club, 5th and 18th Federation with the red card winner going onto lift 22nd Section when there was 1,353 birds competing.    

 

 

 

   The loft of E Common took charged at young bird Bubwith winning 1st Club, 9th Federation and 36th Section with a blue white flight cock from a convoy of 2,423 birds. John Common came into the frame after clocking a blue white flight cock to pocket 3rd Club, 12th Federation and 43rd Section young bird Bubwith. Smith & Sons timed a blue cock at young bird Wakefield to net a nice 2nd Club and 15th Federation. 

 

 

 

   Sadly, we lost a true Gentleman and one of the Up North Combines all-time greats of our sport when Bob Donaldson of Donaldson & Son of Chevington Drift, Coquetdale Federation passed away after the 2019 racing season. The Donaldson Family name have been legends of Pigeon racing for a great number of years for their consistent winning performances at Club, Federation, Section and Up North Combine level. Going back to 1971 when the partnership of Donaldson & Crackett won 1st Up North Combine Lillers (1) from a convoy of 16,160 birds. In the very same year the loft of Crackett Brothers & Donaldson (Bob's Father Bob) won 1st Up North Combine Beauvais (2) when there were 10,480 birds competing. Ten years later in 1981 the loft of R Donaldson (Bob's Father) won 1st Up North Combine Lillers (2) from a convoy of 19,238 birds. Sadly, Bob's Father died in 2006 aged 95, a Legend of our sport. The Gold Medal winning days returned in 2008 when flying as Donaldson & Son when Bob won 1st Up North Combine Bourges from a convoy of 2,419 birds. A record-breaking 1st, 2nd and 3rd Up North Combine old bird Folkestone (1) National was won in 2009 from a convoy of 25,466 birds winning Combine Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. The first and only time anyone has taken the first thee in the Up North Combine, a record that will stand the test of time. Bob was not done yet for he won 1st Up North Combine old bird Rivenhall National (sub Eastbourne 2) in 2017 from a convoy of 12,356 birds. Bob another legend of our sport will be greatly missed but like his Father before him, his memory will live on as one of the Up North Combine all-time greats.     

 

 

 

   Bob's final season in the sport got off to a winning start after he won a most impressive 1st Club, 1st Coquetdale Federation and 8th Section old bird Bubwith, flying some 25 miles further than the lesser flying members in the Section proving to be brilliant Pigeon on the day. The very popular and much respected Bob recorded his second win on the bounce at Newark Show Ground where he timed no fewer than four of his team in 29 seconds to win a brilliant 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Federation, 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Section winning the “Elsie Bowman” and the “T Young Trophy” from a massive convoy of 6,790 birds. Bob racked up a hat-trick of wins at Oakham (1) where he won an impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 6th and 7th Federation, 13th and 21st Section out of 6,456 birds. Onto the Folkestone (1) National where Bob timed a couple of his entries to pocket 4th and 8th Club, 7th and 20th Federation, 15th and 47th Section, 33rd and 106th Combine. That was followed up by timing no fewer than four birds in 6 seconds out of Oakham (3) a week later to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club, 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th Federation, 18th, 20th = and 24th Section. Bob timed two of his Ypres entries to chalk up a useful 2nd and 6th Club, 8th and 15th Federation, 16th and 42nd Section, 56th and 187th UNC. Bob returned to his winning ways at Roye a distance of 427 miles when a top-drawer 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 23rd Section out of 1,315 birds and 123rd Up North Combine was won with a yearling from a convoy of 6,476 birds.

 

 

 

   Bob was in the frame from young bird Wetherby (2) when he timed two birds in 5 seconds to score a notable 2nd and 4th Club, 2nd and 4th Federation, 45th and 49th Section. A single bird was on the clock a week later at Newark Show Ground to pocket 4th Club, 5th Federation and 40th Section. Bob returned to his winning ways at Chelmsford after a couple of birds were on the clock to win a brilliant 1st and 4th Club, 1st and 9th Federation, 7th and 44th Section out of an entry of 3,185 birds flying 257 miles in a North-West wind. With the pole position Federation winner taking 6 hours 36 minutes 30 seconds recording a chart-topping vel of 1144. Bob stood his ground again a week later when the birds were at the Maidstone National winning an outstanding 1st Club and 1st Federation for the second race running, with the red card winner that topped the Club charts by three minutes going onto lift a cracking 7th Section when there was 1,963 birds away and 52nd Combine from a convoy of 1,963 birds. Bob rounded his season off with another cracking performance at Wakefield after timing no fewer than five of his entries to lift a belting 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Federation, 7th, 8th, 30th, 38th and 44th Section out of 1,353 birds. Bob was 10th highest points winner in the Section with 773pts.

 

 

 

   Gary Douglas came into the frame at old bird Newark Show Ground after timing no fewer than six of his entries to score an outstanding 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club (timed within three seconds), 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 12th, 13th and 14th Federation, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th and 19th Section. Gary had two birds in the frame from Oakham (1) where he chalked up 3rd and 6th Club, 8th and 15th Federation, 23rd and 41st Section. Gary produced an ace card at Oakham (2) when ha timed three of his team to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 6th and 8th Federation, 10th, 21st and 46th Section out of 5,916 birds. Gary had four of his entries in the frame from the very hard Chelmsford (1) race from the distance of 257 miles to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Federation, 11th, 31st and 39th = Section from a convoy of 4,903 birds with all four birds being timed within 3 minutes 41 seconds which was a most impressive performance.

 

 

 

   Club Secretary Gary rolled out the red carpet a week later at the Folkestone (1) National when he timed no fewer than five of his team to win a earth-shattering 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th Club, 1st, 4th, 9th and 14th Federation, 1st, 5th, 17th and 28th (5th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £22.30) Section winning the “Hilton Thomas Trophy” out of an entry of 2,602 birds, 2nd, 13th, 36th, 63rd and 159th Up North Combine winning a Combine Silver Medal and the “Ian McDonald Memorial Trophy” for the Best 2-Bird Performance from a convoy of 15,161 birds from the distance of 311 miles. Gary cruised to another outstanding winning performance a week later at Oakham (3) when no less than nine birds were on the clock to win a top-notch 1st and 5th Club, 1st, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th Federation, 1st, 22nd, 36th, 37th =, 39th =, 42nd, 43rd and 44th Section winning the “Mrs Scott Rothbury Trophy” from a convoy of 4,584 birds. Onto Ypres where two birds were timed 5 seconds apart to pocket 17th and 19th Federation, 44th and 46th Section, 192nd and 195th UNC. With Gary's fancied first timer taking 8th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £23.45, a third bird was clocked to notch up 225th Combine.

 

 

 

   I could say that the Folkestone (1) National was Gary's best performance of the season but the Chelmsford (2) race performance will take some beating for Gary timed no less than seven of his entries in 1 minute 33 seconds with win a box office first 7 Club positions, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Federation, 3rd, 4th, 8th (3 birds), 11th and 15th Section when there was 3,740 birds away which was an outstanding loft performance from the distance of 257 miles. Onto the next inland race which was from Huntingdon (1) from a distance of 211 miles where the much inform Gary won a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 1st  and 2nd Federation, 10th and 24th Section out of an entry of 3,754 birds. Now onto Bourges where Gary timed one of his two entries to win an awesome 1st Club, 6th Federation, 11th Section, 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £199.99 and 47th Up North Combine out of 1,275 birds flying a distance of 595 miles. Gary won Bourges for the second year running after winning a tremendous 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section and 9th Up North Combine in 2018 when there were 1,360 birds competing. Gary's outstanding 2019 old bird season be it racing inland or over the channel continued at Huntingdon (2) when a couple of birds were timed to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation, 4th and 11th Section from a convoy of 2,939 birds.

 

 

 

   I don't always see all the weekly race results, only them that get posted on the Pigeonland website, so searching through the results for this report has really opened my eyes, seeing fanciers and top fanciers at that winning out of turn from all distances in very stiff competition, fanciers who would hold their own wherever they flew their Pigeons. And one of the fanciers who fits into that bracket is Gary who once again roared to yet another winning team performance after timing four of his inform team at the Folkestone (2) National when the birds were liberated in a South-East wind to win a magical 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Federation, 6th, 15th, 31st and 40th Section from a convoy of 1,990 birds. With Gary's fancied green card scorer lifting 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £66.40; Gary's four timers were the only four birds that made the Section's top 50, and only the first 9 Section birds featuring in the first 200 in the Combine. Gary timed one of his six Reims entries to chalk up a nice 2nd Club, 4th Federation, 27th Section and 142nd UNC. No place in the winners' enclosure for Gary out of the French race point Burbure but he will have being more than pleased with his team’s performance after timing no less than five of his channel squad to chalk up a cracking 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Federation, 21st, 23rd , 35th, 48th and 49th Section, 104th, 118th, 171st, 211th and 212th Combine. With the well-fancied green card scorer lifting 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £45.30 while the third bird on the clock took 7th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club picking up £13.90 to round off a top-class old bird season from all distances.

 

 

 

 

   With the old bird season over it was onto the young birds, going to the second race at Wetherby (2) where the birds were liberated in a light West wind which was not a good wind for the Chevington Drift fanciers to feature in the Section but like all races you have to start performing in your Club first and after an outstanding old bird season Gary did just that after timing two of his entries in the space of 15 seconds to win an awesome 1st and 3rd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation, 38th and 46th Section when there was 5,239 birds competing. Gary's youngsters delivered the goods again the following race at Newark Show Ground when he timed three of his team in six seconds to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Federation, 34th, 35th and 39th Section out of an entry of 5,185 birds. The winning machine Gary never seems to give up for he was top man once again from Oakham (1) winning a most impressive 1st Club, 1st Federation and 11th Section from a convoy of 4,325 birds. I shake my head in disbelieve when seeing what Gary has achieved not only with the old bird but the young birds too, I know he is only getting the one Pigeon on the Section sheet but the performance of that one Pigeon each week is out of this world due to Gary's loft position and the wind direction.   

 

 

 

   Gary had two birds in the points out of the very tough Chelmsford to chalk up a cracking 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd and 3rd Federation, 8th and 20th Section. Onto the highlight of the young bird season, the Maidstone National where no fewer than four of Gary's inform squad were timed to score a creditable 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th Federation, 16th, 17th, 20th and 40th Section, with Gary's first three timers going onto net 117th, 121st and 154th Combine. Gary's unbelievable 2019 racing season finished with another outstanding winning performance when no less than seven youngsters were on the clock at Wakefield the final race of the year to win a top-notch 1st Club, 1st, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Federation. With the chart-topper that was just over three minutes in front of Gary's second timer going onto score a most impressive 6th Section from a convoy of 1,353 birds, while Gary's remaining six scorers that were timed in three seconds going on to lift 43rd, 46th, 47th = and 49th = Section to end a brilliant season winning from 100 miles to 595 miles. 

 

 

 

   The partnership of Elliott, Sons & Partners had a single bird on the clock at old bird Newark Show Ground to pocket 17th Federation, 33rd Section. The lads were in the frame again at the Folkestone (1) National when they scored a brilliant 2nd Club, 2nd Federation, 3rd Section and 10th UNC, a later bird was timed to notch up 127th Combine. The lad's came good when they pole vaulted into top spot at the first water race Ypres where they timed no fewer than three of their channel squad to win an impressive 1st and 4th Club, 1st, 11th and 20th Federation, 10th, 30th and 47th Section, 20th, 143rd and 197th UNC from a convoy of 12,043 birds. The boys were in the frame again from the second channel race Roye when they timed their well-fancied 3y to lift 2nd Club, 6th Federation, 45th Section, 7th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £14.18 and 219th UNC flying 434 miles. That was quickly followed by timing a yearling out of Huntingdon (1) a week later to pot a useful 3rd Club, 4th Federation and 43rd Section and then taking a useful 4th Club, 4th Federation and 32nd Section out of Huntingdon (2).

 

 

 

   The partnership who won 1st Up North Combine Abbeville in 1989 from a convoy of 19,061 birds were back in the driving seat out of Reims a distance of 489 miles when two birds were clocked to win a top-notch 1st and 4th Club, 1st and 6th Federation, 7th and 36th Section, 64th and 173rd UNC out of 3,124 birds which once again was a very impressive performance. The partnership ended their old bird season victorious from Burbure the fifth and last channel race and the final old bird race of the campaign after timing two birds to win a brilliant and very well-deserved 1st and 4th Club, 1st and 5th Federation, 1st and 26th Section winning the “Border Trophy” from an entry of 1,500 birds. With the pole position Section winning yearling going onto win a earth-shattering 3rd Up North Combine winning a Combine Bronze Medal from a convoy of 8,025 birds. While the yellow card potting 2y went on to score 145th UNC flying 376 miles to round off a memorable days racing and a very impressive channel season.          

 

 

 

   The loft of Simpson & Son the previous winners of 1st Up North Combine Beauvais from a convoy of 10,906 birds and 1st North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup timed two birds in the space of 14 seconds at old bird Oakham (1) to net 4th and 5th Club, 11th and 13th Federation, 34th and 38th Section. And then netted 5th Club, 14th Federation, 39th Section and 132nd UNC Ypres with their fancied 2y timer taking 7th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £17.84. The partnership of Wilson & Gilliard stepped up to the plate out of the Folkestone (1) National to lift 6th Club, 12th Federation, 2nd Section and 58th UNC; and then chalked up a useful 3rd Club, 9th Federation, 24th Section and 113th UNC Ypres. The second channel race was from Roye a distance of 427 miles where 3rd Club, 7th Federation and 243rd UNC was taken. The partnership's single Bourges entry from a distance of 596 miles netted a cracking 2nd Club, 7th Federation, 15th Section and 67th Combine, and then one of their two Reims entries were timed to lift a nice 3rd Club, 5th Federation, 35th Section, 9th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £12.36 and 166th UNC. A couple of birds were timed two seconds apart from the very testing young bird Chelmsford to net a creditable 5th and 6th Club, 10th and 11th Federation, 46th and 47th Section. The partnership took a scalp at Bubwith a distance of 106 miles when they won a top-notch 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 15th Section from a convoy of 2,423 birds. The loft of G Shepherd made his way into the frame from Burbure when he clocked a yearling to pocket 6th Club, 8th Federation, 41st Section and 190th UNC.

  

 

 

   The Amble H/S partnership of the late Terry Straker & Benny Hall had their birds on form out of old bird Newark Show Ground after timing a trio of birds in 5 seconds to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club from a 11 members entry of 376 birds, 8th, 9th and 10th Federation, 8th, 10th and 11th Section out of 6,790 birds. It got even better for Benny a week later at Oakham (1) when another three birds were on the clock to win a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd (1 second apart) and 3rd Club out of a 11 members entry of 375 birds, 1st, 2nd and 5th Federation, 1st, 2nd and 11th Section winning the “Snowdon” and “Teresa  Marshall Trophy” from a convoy of a massive 6,456 birds which was a brilliant achievement. With the birds at Oakham (2) a week later another winner came Benny's way when he won a notable 1st and 2nd Club from a 10 members entry of 326 birds, 4th Federation, 14th Section when there was 5,916 birds away. Two birds were on the clock at the Folkestone (1) National to chalk up a cracking 2nd and 3rd Club, 5th and 8th Federation, 8th and 18th Section, 18th and 34th UNC. Benny who started the season with 22 old birds was back in Town a week later out of Oakham (3) winning a belting 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club out of a 10 members entry of 249 birds, 2nd, 4th and 5th Federation, 3rd, 13th and 14th Section out of an entry of 4,584 birds.

 

 

Good Corn presenting silverware to Benny Hall of Straker & Hall winners of 1st Section old bird Oakham (1)

 

   Benny timed a trio of quick-fire birds in 9 seconds the following race from Chelmsford (2) to score a cracking 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 9th, 10th and 11th Federation, 28th, 30th and 31st Section. Moving onto Huntingdon (2) where a belting 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 5th Section was won when there were 2,939 birds competing. Next up was the very testing Oakham (4) race from a distance of 186 miles which is always going to be a tough fly in a North-West wind, Benny clocked a game yearling after 4 hours 18 minutes 48 seconds on the wing to win an outstanding and well-deserved 1st Club, 1st Federation and 11th Section from a convoy of 2,362 birds. As it turned out the pole position Federation winner was the only Coquetdale Federation bird in the first 50 in the Section which proves how hard a race it was for the longest flying lofts in Section 1. 

 

 

 

   The young birds suffered a very hard race from Chelmsford liberated in a North-West wind from a distance of 260 miles which turned out a victorious race for Benny after winning a belting 1st Club, 4th Federation and 29th Section when there was 3,185 birds away, with the red card winner taking 6 hours 48 minutes 53 seconds to record a vel of 1121. Benny stayed in the winners' enclosure a week later at the Maidstone National winning a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 7th Federation, 12th and 38th Section with the well-fancied winner taking 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking a very nice £132.60, a later fancied youngster was timed to lift 5th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing another £39.90. More money came Benny's way when he took 4th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Breeder/Buyer netting £250 with a youngster bred by Alan “Money Bags” Kelly who also received £250, Alan will have money when it goes out of fashion. Benny's brilliant season saw him being 11th highest points winners in the Section with a total of 725pts. I met Benny for the first time at the payout night and have to say I found him a good man, I had watched the partnership results this season so I knew how good a season Benny had and all credit to him for some outstanding loft performances.   

 

 

 

   R & L Hume who won 1st Club Bubwith on the opening day of the new season were in the frame again at Newark Show Ground to lift 4th Club, 11th Federation and 15th Section. Onto the Folkestone (1) National where the partnership hit the winners' enclosure after timing a yearling to win a cracking 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 4th Section and 11th UNC from a convoy of 15,161 birds, a couple of other entries were clocked to pocket 17th and 182nd Combine. The lad's enjoyed another victorious performance out of the second water race Roye when they timed no less than three of their team in 8 minutes from a distance of 429 miles to win a superb 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 1st, 3rd and 5th Federation, 19th, 35th and 44th Section out of 1,315 birds, 105th, 171st and 216th Up North Combine when there was 6,476 birds competing. Channel win number two on the bounce was achieved at the longest race Bourges from a distance of 598 miles when one of their three entries a 3y was timed after 23 hours 50 minutes on the wing to win an outstanding 1st Club, 5th Federations, 7th Section and 27th Up North Combine when there was 1,275 birds competing, with the winner being the only bird recorded in the Club in race time. The partnership was back in the channel points from Burbure when a well-fancied yearling was timed to score a notable 2nd Club, 6th Federation, 30th Section, 5th  Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £26.92 and 160th Combine.      

 

 

 

   The loft of Taylor & Son came into the frame at old bird Oakham (1) when a single bird was on the clock to pot 4th Club, 14th Federation and 40th Section. G Griffiths was in the points from the Folkestone (1) National when he timed a yearling to take 4th Club, 21st Federation, 49th Section and 109th UNC. S James came into the fold at young bird Chelmsford to net a notable 2nd Club, 8th Federation and 42nd Section.

 

 

 

   The loft of Ian “Jammy” Jamieson the previous winner of 1st Up North Combine Provins in 1994 from a convoy of 5,430 birds and 1st Up North Combine Lillers (1) in 2013 when there was 10,601 birds competing, stormed the charts out of Ypres after timing five birds to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 4th, 5th and 13th Federation, 5th, 6th and 36th = Section, 11th, 12th, 186th and 229th UNC out of 12,043 birds. Ian also took 9th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club lifting £8.92 and 11th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club picking up another £2.23 with his later timers. Ian hit top spot at Chelmsford (2) when his 1st Club winner went onto score 7th Federation and 13th Section out of 3,740 birds and that was followed up by netting 3rd Club, 4th Federation, 42nd Section and 210th UNC Roye. Ian topped the channel charts for the second time at Burbure a distance of 371 miles when he clocked a well out in front yearling to win 1st Club by 14 minutes with the red card winner going on to score an outstanding 2nd Federation, 2nd Section and 14th UNC out of an entry of 8,025 birds. Ian returned to the winners' enclosure in fantastic style at young bird Newark Show Ground when he won an awesome 1st Club, 1st Federation and 29th Section from a convoy of 5,185 birds, with the winner being the only Club bird in the Section top 50. Ian was in there again at Bubwith winning a top-drawer 1st Club, 1st Federation and 2nd Section from a convoy of 2,423 birds which was a fantastic performance flying 107 miles.       

 

 

 

  The Alnwick H/S partnership of Mallaburn Brothers who have enjoyed much success over the years had a couple of birds on the clock from old bird Newark Show Ground to win a cracking 1st and 3rd Club, 15th and 18th Federation, 26th and 38th Section when there was 6,790 birds competing. The Brothers had a very good clocking day out of Oakham (1) when no less than four of their squad were on the clock to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 4th, 9th, 10th and 16th Federation, 8th, 29th, 31st and 46th Section. The boys got back to their winning ways at Oakham (2) to win a belting 1st and 3rd Club, 3rd and 7th Federation, 13th and 31st Section out of 5,916 birds. The partnership roared to another great win out of the Folkestone (1) National wining a most impressive 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 6th , 10th and 18th Federation, 11th, 18th and 42nd Section, 25th, 39th and 99th Up North Combine from a convoy of 15,161 birds which was a fantastic performance. Moving onto the hard-young bird Chelmsford where a cracking 1st Club, 6th Federation and 37th Section was won out of 3,185 birds, with the lad's red card winner covering the 267 miles in 7 hours to rack up a vel of 1119.   

 

 

 

   Murphy & Son timed two birds out of old bird Newark Show Ground to pocket 2nd and 4th Club, 16th and 20th Federation, 27th and 46th Section. And that was followed up by winning a creditable 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 7th Section Oakham (1) from a convoy of 6,456 birds and that was followed by netting 2nd Club, 5th Federation and 18th Section Oakham (2) and then 4th Club and 162nd UNC was notched up at the Folkestone (1) National. Then a nice 2nd Club, 7th Federation and 41st Section was taken at young bird Chelmsford.  And that was followed up by winning a cracking 1st Club, 6th Federation, 28th Section and 190th UNC Maidstone National from a convoy of 9,020 birds. 

 

 

 

   The loft of J Brown the previous winner of 1st Up North Combine Lillers (2) in 1992 from a convoy of 13,615 birds, came good from Ypres after timing a couple of his channel team to win an awesome 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 18th Federation, 4th and 45th Section, 10th and 194th UNC flying 367 miles. The Gentleman entered six birds to Bourges from a distance of 605 miles and timed a 3y that was the only bird in the Club in race time to win a brilliant 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 2nd Section and 8th Up North Combine out of an entry of 1,275 birds. The channel team were performing very well and the winning performances continued out of Reims a distance of 492 miles when a cracking 1st Club, 8th Federation and 234th UNC was won when there was 3,124 birds competing. The loft of P Baxter won a brilliant 1st Club and 1st Federation young bird Sand Hutton from a convoy of 1,384 birds. While the partnership of Thompson, Hope & Partner were the winners of a fantastic 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 33rd Section at young bird Oakham (1) from a convoy of 4,325 birds. 

 

 

 

   Alnmouth Secretary Trevor Shell was the winner of 1st Club, 19th Federation and 41st Section old bird Newark Show Ground when there were a massive 6,790 birds away. Trevor timed another early bird out of Oakham (2) to win a very impressive 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 12th Section from a convoy of 5,916 birds from a distance of 190 miles. Moving onto the Folkestone (1) National where a useful 3rd Club, 17th Federation, 36th Section and 84th UNC was taken and that was followed up by timing a couple of yearlings 8 seconds apart a week later from Oakham (3) to lift a useful 2nd and 3rd Club, 19th and 20th Federation, 45th and 49th Section. What a tremendous loft performance Trevor's birds put up from the first channel race Ypres in Belgium from a distance of 364 miles when he won a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd, 6th and 12th Federation, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 36th = Section, 2nd, 9th, 18th and 168th Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds. With the pole position winner winning a Combine Silver Medal, the “Captain George Trophy” for first yearling and 3 bags of corn kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Andrews of Peterborough. The red and blue card scorers were the winners of the “Joe Hunter Memorial Trophy” for the Best Two Bird Performance, with the blue card potter also winning 1st Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £163.51, a later bird took 14th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £10.11 to end a superb days racing.

 

 

Trevor Shell winner of 2nd, 3rd and 9th Section Ypres receiving the 1st Championship Trophy Ypres from Good Corn

 

   Back inland at Huntingdon (1) a distance of 219 miles for Trevor's next win where he won  a respectful 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 32nd Section from a convoy of 3,754 birds. The inform Trevor was back in top spot a week later out of the longest channel race Bourges a distance of 603 miles where the only bird in race time in the Club was timed to win a splendid 1st Club, 9th Federation, 20th Section and 82nd Up North Combine out of an entry of 1,275 birds. The chart-topper which was one of Trevor's three entries chalked up 6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £35.80. Trevor who has flown a very good Pigeon for a great number of years winning more than his share flying both inland or over the channel, hit the winners' enclosure again out of Reims when he won a fantastic 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 10th Section, 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £122.33 and 78th UNC from a convoy of 3,124 birds flying 489 miles. Moving onto young bird Chelmsford a distance of 264 where Trevor came out on top winning a belting 1st Club, 5th Federation and 30th Section from a convoy of 3,185 birds. With the red card winner taking 6 hours 55 minutes 51 seconds to record a top vel of 1121. I'm sure Trevor was part of the Shell, Son & Hedley partnership that won 1st Up North Combine Bourges in 1975 from a convoy of 7,809 birds which was very big birdage in them days.

 

 

 

   The loft of Hedley & Elliott came out on top at old bird Oakham (1) when they won a very nice 1st Club, 12th Federation and 37th Section out of an entry of 6,456. The partnership topped the Club charts again out of the tough Chelmsford (1) race winning an outstanding 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 32nd Section from a convoy of 4,903 birds. With the top-notch winner taking 6 hours 27 minutes 29 seconds to cover the 264 miles flying into a North-West wind which was a very game performance. A tremendous loft performance was achieved at the Folkestone (1) National when no fewer than five of the partnerships entries were timed to win a fantastic 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 13th, 15th and 19th Federation, 27th, 29th and 46th Section, 62nd, 67th, 115th, 130th and 138th UNC out of an entry of 15,161 birds from a distance of 318 miles. The inform partnership were not going to take their foot off the pedal for they took top spot again the following week at Oakham (3) when they won a cracking 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 7th Section when there were 4,584 birds competing. The loft of M Strauhan the winner of 1st Club, 1st Federation and 114th Up North Combine Burbure (1) in 2018 from a convoy of 10,633 birds, had a single bird on the clock out of the Folkestone (1) National to notch up 195th UNC. And then he had two of his Ypres entries in the frame to chalk up 5th and 6th Club, 16th and 21st Federation, 43rd and 50th Section, 191st and 203rd Combine.

 

 

 

   The Shilbottle H/S loft of Mowbray, Son & Lowes were in the frame at the Folkestone (1) National chalking up a nice 2nd Club, 16th Federation, 35th Section and 83rd Combine. The partnership hit the winners' enclosure out of the first water race Ypres when their 1st Club winning 2y went on to score 10th Federation, 28th Section and 133rd UNC from a convoy of 12,043 birds flying a distance of 364 miles. The third of five channel races in the UNC programme was from the longest race Bourges, a race all long-distance flyers look forward to each year. Gone are the days when a number of birds made it home on the day and the Combine sheet being full. The 2019 race was no different to the past few seasons Blue Riband race other than three very game birds were timed on the day with 98 birds recorded in the three-day race time. The partnership took pride and place from the 2019 Bourges race after timing two of their five entries to win a earth-shattering 1st and 4th Club, 1st and 8th Federation, 1st and 19th Section winning the “T Young Sailmaker Trophy” from a entry of 302 birds, 4th and 79th Up North Combine from a convoy of 1,275 birds flying a distance of 602 miles which is a fantastic achievement by anyone's standards. The very game pole position winner took 19 hours 33 minutes 53 seconds to reach home to record a top velocity of 903ypm winning the “Ralph Steadman Trophy” for the first bird flying over 600 miles in Section 1.    

 

 

John Mowbray, Son & Lowes winners of the “T Young Sailmaker Trophy” for 1st Section Bourges and the “Ralph Steadman Trophy” for the First Bird Flying over 600 Miles.

 

   The partnership of Mr & Mrs Robinson recorded a great win out of the Folkestone  (1) National from the distance of 318 miles with their 1st Club winner going on to score a brilliant 11th Federation, 23rd Section and 52nd Up North Combine when there were 15,161 birds competing. The loft of Sample & Douglas where in the points out of the Folkestone (1) National netting 3rd Club and 128th UNC and then they notched up 22nd UNC out of Ypres. Two of the partnerships four entries were on the clock from Bourges to score an impressive 2nd and 3rd Club, 3rd and 4th Federation, 3rd and 6th Section, 10th and 22nd Up North Combine out of 1,275 birds which was another outstanding performance from 602 miles when so many birds never made it home.    

 

 

 

   The shortest flying lofts in the Section fly the distance of 84 miles from the first old bird race Bubwith while the Border Federation fanciers who are the longest flying lofts in the Section fly 128 miles out of Bubwith which is some distance for the first race of the season. D Brewis of Belford H/S was the winner of 1st Club, 1st Federation old bird Bubwith. While the loft of Eric Sim timed a couple of his entries in the space of 2 seconds to lift 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd and 3rd Federation. George Hastie of Tweedmouth was the winner of a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation from Newark Show Ground from a distance of 191 miles. I first came across George a few years ago when we were on the same moot panel, I found George to be a very knowledgeable Pigeon man. Philip Hastie & Son of Spittal came up trumps by winning 1st Club, 2nd Federation. Both these lofts have flown a very good Pigeon for a number of years now with many of their winning performances being achieved on very hard days when other fanciers have taken their hats off to the very game birds that have made it home in such poor weather conditions. J Patterson of Belford H/S hit the winning trail from Oakham (1) with his chart-topping red card winner from the distance of 211 miles going on to win 1st Federation. Eric Shaw of Tweedmouth was the winner of 1st Club, 2nd Federation while Michael Murray of Spittal won 1st Club, 3rd Federation, with both Club winners flying 219 miles.   

 

 

 

   J Patterson of Belford hit top spot at Oakham (1) winning 1st Club, 1st Federation and then recorded another 1st Club, 1st Federation from Oakham (2) a week later with the same bird which is a fantastic achievement. George Hastie of Tweedmouth had a couple of birds on the clock to win 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 3rd Federation. George was in there again out of the tough Chelmsford (1) winning 1st Club and 1st Federation with the chart-topper taking 7 hours 31 minutes 57 seconds to cover the 294 miles. S Wight of Norham won 1st Club and 2nd Federation with a yearling that took 7 hours 35 minutes 43 seconds for the 295 miles while Michael Murry tops the Spittal charts with his 1st Club winner taking 7 hours 34 minutes 36 seconds to cover the 294 miles which was enough to chalk up 3rd Federation. Well done all three birds on a fantastic achievement. Onto the Folkestone (1) National where J Patterson wins 1st Club and 1st Federation at Belford flying a distance of 339 miles. The Spittal partnership of Philip Hastie & Son timed a couple of their entries in the space of 17 seconds to win 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 3rd Federation flying 347 miles. The inform J Patterson is taking some stopping for he topped the charts again a week later at Oakham (3) to win 1st and 2nd Club 1st and 2nd Federation with the pole position winner recording its third top performance of the season. The yearling had already won 1st Club and 1st Federation Oakham (1) doing 1574 and then won 1st Club and 1st Federation Oakham (2) on 1278, with this race winning vel being 1538 from a distance of 211 miles. Philip Hastie & Son were the winners of 1st Club and 3rd Federation.    

 

 

 

   Next stop is the first channel race of the season that took place at Ypres which saw Philip Hastie & Son rack up another top spot after winning a top-drawer 1st Club, 1st Federation, 40th Section and 177th Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds flying 394 miles. The partnership of Crombie, Nevis & Son of Spittal H/S were the winners of a top-notch 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 217th Combine. Philip Hastie & Son enjoyed a cracking team performance from Chelmsford (2) winning a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Federation. Back over the pond to the French race point Roye where S Wight timed a couple of 2y in 1 minute 39 seconds to win a scorching 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation flying 465 miles. Eric Sim was the winner of 1st Club and 2nd Federation flying 450 miles. A Super Star made its way to the top again out of Huntingdon (1) when J Patterson's star-studded yearling recorded its fourth 1st Club and 1st Federation winning performance of the season so far from a distance of 239 miles, after previously winning 1st Club and 1st Federation from Oakham (1), (2) and (3). A second yearling was timed 4 minutes after the winner to lift 2nd Club and 2nd Federation. Gordon Turnbull of Norham won a brilliant 1st Club and 3rd Federation with a 2y flying 252 miles.

 

 

 

   Philip Hastie & Son's fantastic old bird season got even better out of Huntingdon (2) when they timed a yearling to win a cracking 1st Club, 1st Federation and 47th Section from a convoy of 2,939 birds. Eric Sim of Belford birds put in a good shift at the Folkestone (2) National winning a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 2nd Federation; with the Spittal partnership of Philip Hastie & Son winning 1st Club and 3rd Federation. D Brewis of Belford was victorious at Reims winning a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Federation, 47th Section and 216th Up North Combine from a convoy of 3,124 birds with the chart-topper covering the distance of 505 miles in 13 hours 20 minutes 36 seconds. The curtain came down on the 2019 old bird inland season at Oakham (4) which saw the loft of Philip Hastie & Son pave the way by winning an awesome 1st Club and 1st Federation with a yearling after flying 219 miles in 5 hours 19 minutes 15 seconds. The partnership of Weatherhead & Roberts of Norham clocked a 2y to win 1st Club and 2nd Federation flying 219 miles. While J Patterson won 1st Club and 3rd Federation with a yearling flying 211 miles. Crombie, Nevis & Son stormed the charts at Burbure a distance of 404 miles when they timed two birds to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation. While the Belford loft of Eric Sim clocked a 5y to win 1st Club and 2nd Federation flying 393 miles.

 

 

 

   The young birds were at Newark Show Ground for the third young bird race when J Patterson won a superb 1st Club and 1st Federation flying 182 miles; George Hastie timed a couple of youngsters to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 3rd Federation from the distance of 191 miles. George Hastie timed three of his Oakham (1) entries in two minutes to win a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Federation flying 219 miles. Now for the Chelmsford very testing race where D Brewis of Belford won a top-notch 1st Club and 1st Federation with the winning youngster taking 7 hours 29 minutes 19 seconds for 281 miles doing 1101ypm which was a very brave performance on the day. Philip Hastie & Son won 1st Club and 2nd Federation flying 294 miles in 7 hours 54 minutes 5 seconds on 1091 which again was a very brave performance. While S Wight of Norham won 1st Club and 3rd Federation flying 295 miles in 7 hours 54 minutes 46 seconds to record 1087 to become the third youngster to achieve a brilliant performance. Next up was the Maidstone National where S Wight timed a couple of his entries flying 334 miles to win a superb 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 3rd Federation with the blue card potter being the same youngster that won 1st Club and 3rd Federation the previous week out of the very hard Chelmsford. J Patterson comes back into the frame winning a belting 1st Club and 2nd Federation flying 324 miles. Philip Hastie & Son went to Town at Wakefield the final race of the 2019 season timing a trio of birds to win a very impressive 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Federation flying 146 miles. I race Pigeons in the East Cleveland Federation which is the shortest flying Federation in the whole of the Up North Combine and fly a distance of 66 miles out of Wakefield, meaning Philip's partnership flyes 80 miles further than me. There has being many a time over the years from a late inland liberation race that the Border Federation birds have being arriving in the dark, I give credit and respect to all of the fanciers and their birds for their performance and wish them good and safe racing in 2020. 

 

 

 

   The Tyne to Tweed Section winners were as follows. The Shilbottle H/S partnership of Mowbray, Son & Lowes were the winners of the “Ralph Steadman Trophy” for the First Bird Flying over 600 Miles. Gary Douglas was the winner of Best Old Bird, a yearling with 219pts and also 3rd highest points winner in the Section with a total of 1,849pts. Barron & Son were the winners of Best Young Bird scoring 139pts. Top Club was Chevington Drift with 935pts, Ashington and Newsham were JT Runners-Up on 929pts. 

 

 

 

   The Section awards points to the first 50 positions with 50pts for 1st down to 1pt for 50th position, which is a massive point’s haul for the season. Barron & Son were Most Points winners with a total of 3,797pts with Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson Runners/Up on 3,375pts. The Old Bird Inland Average was won by Barron & Son with 506pts with Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson Runners/Up on 473pts. The Walker H/S partnership of Tony Blackett & David Renwick were the winners of the Channel Average with a total of 159pts while Runners/Up went to Barron & Son on 151pts. Barron & Son also won the Old Bird Combined Average with 657pts while Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson were Runners/Up on 616pts. Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson got the upper hand winning the Young Bird Average with a total of 284pts with Barron & Son being Runners/Up on 272pts. Barron & Son won the Combined Average with 929pts with Runners/Up going to Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson on 900pts.

 

 

 

   The Federation Top Loft are as follows. Bob Parker & Davey Holland of Holywell H/S who were 7th highest points winners in the Section on 1,131pts were the winners of the Tynemouth North Federation with 631pts with John Maughan of Shiremoor H/S Runner/Up on 626pts, John was 5th highest Section points winner on 1,346pts. Robson Brothers & Thompson of Newsham H/S winners of the Northumberland Premier Federation with 725pts, Runners/Up Kinahan & Larmouth of Bedlington & District H/S on 556pts. Barron & Son of Ashington & District winners of the Wansbeck Federation with 929pts with Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson of Hirst Industrial H/S Runners/Up on 900pts. Gary Douglas of Chevington Drift H/S winner of the Coquetdale Federation with a total of 734pts while Donaldson & Son were Runners/Up on 412pts. Philip Hastie & Son of Spittal H/S winners of Border Federation with 15pts, D Brewis of Belford H/S Runner/Up on 4pts.     

 

 

Davey Holland of Parker & Holland the winners of 3 x 1st Sections receiving silverware from Good Corn. 

 

   The Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Race and Trophy Winners for the 2019 racing season were as follows. Geordie Parker & James Southern of Meadowell H/S who were 8th highest points winners in the Section on 1,125pts were the winners of Old bird Folkestone (1) and Folkestone (2). Trevor Shell of Alnmouth H/S winner of Ypres. Tony Blackett & David Renwick of Walker H/S who were 9th highest points winners in the Section with 1,103pts were the winners of Roye. Denis Elsender & Richard Miller of Forest Hall H/S winners of Bourges and the “Matt Thomas Trophy” for the Best Bird Performance from Bourges. Davey Robinson & Grandson of Meadowell H/S winners of Reims and the “Fenwick Cup” for the Most Points by the same bird from the Channel. Davey was also the winner of the “Ralph Iley Trophy” for the Loft With The Most Points for all of 2019. I have to say that the late Ralph was a great ambassador to the sport and the longest serving Up North Combine President from 1974 to 2002. Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson of Hirst Industrial winners of Burbure and winners of the “J Thompson Trophy” the Most Points from Folkestone (1) and young bird Maidstone National. Dixon & Johnson of Newsham H/S winners of young bird Maidstone National. Bob Parker & Davey Holland of Meadowell H/S winners of the “Swiftprint Trophy” for the Best Velocity from Ypres and Reims. 

 

Richard Miller of Elsender & Miller winners of the “Matt Thomas Trophy” for the Best Bird Performance from Bourges.

 

   The Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Top Prize Money Winners that paid out a grand total of £14,484.18 which was a fantastic amount of cash. Geordie Parker & James Southern - £1,156.00. Bob Parker & Davey Holland - £1,097.55. Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson - £839.34. Tony Blackett & David Renwick £837.20. Gary Douglas - £573.90. Trevor Shell - £488.38. Davey Robinson & Grandson - £406.09. Hall Brothers Barry & Des of Holywell H/S winners of 1st Up North Combine Ypres in 2019 from a convoy of 12,043 birds - £405.09. Robson Brothers & Thompson - £270.57. Straker & Hall - £267.00. Reay & May Brothers £180.20. Denis Elsender & Richard Miller - £167.50. Hume & Son - £129.24. Simpson & Son - £111.04. Wright Brothers - £107.01. Dixon & Johnson - £94.50. Howie Brothers - £74.90. Geoff Agan & Son - £70.01. Thurston & Wright - £68.42. S & J Sweet - £67.03. Elliott, Sons & Partners - £66.68. Bob Donaldson - £63.00. Brian Carlson £61.35. Kinahan & Larmouth - £55.38. Jimmy Sandberg & Son Michael - £54.16. Lee Blyth & McQueen - £50.66. Ian Jamieson - £42.65. Derek Porter - £38.38. Mr & Mrs Gaze & Family - £37.96. Bob Colvin & Son - £37.60. Don Wilkinson & Son John - £33.74. Clark & Mason - £31.32. Mr & Mrs Bowden - £25.84. Wight, Close & Morrison - £21.00. The Late Norman Stark & Son Norman - £11.50. George Hastie - £10.50. Spellman, Griffiths & Dickinson - £10.50. Murphy & Son - £10.50. V Shepherd - £10.50.

Parker & Southern Trophy haul winners of 3 x 1st Sections

 

 

Good Corn presenting silverware Tony Blackett of Blackett & Renwick winners of the Section Channel Average.

Barry Hall of Hall Brothers winners of 1st Up North Combine Ypres receiving the “Coquetdale Trophy” for 1st Section Ypres from Good Corn.

 

   The Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Breeder/Buyer was a great success paying out a total of £6,400 with John Maughan of Shiremoor H/S winning 1st Breeder and 1st Buyer banking a total of £3,000. 2nd Buyer was Geoff Agan & Son pocketing £750.00 while May & Son was 2nd Breeder also netting £750.00. Bob Parker & Davey Holland were 3rd Breeder and 3rd Buyer lifting a total of £1,000. Straker & Benny Hall were 4th Buyer pocketing £250 while Alan Kelly was 4th Breeder stashing £250. Now onto 5th Breeder and Buyer that was won by Brian Carlson scooping the £400 prize money.

 

 John Maughan winner of 3 x 1st Sections, 1st Breeder and 1st Buyer winning £3,000, with Good Corn & Alan Kelly.

 

  Davey Robinson & Grandson was the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Top Loft with 130pts with Gary Douglas 2nd on 124pts while Carl Common, Kristian Lumsdon & Jonathan Patterson were 3rd on 116pts. Bob Parker & Davey Holland were in 4th spot on 109pts with Clubmates Hall Brothers Barry & Des in 5th on 98pts while Trevor Shell was in 6th positions netting 86pts. The partnership of Geordie Parker & James Southern are in 7th place with 80pts with Tony Blackett & David Renwick in 8th spot on 66pts. Billy Reay & May Brothers notched up 82pts to take 9th place while Clubmates Dixon & Johnson took 10th place with 55pts. Bob Parker & Davey Holland were also the winners of the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Best Bird.

 

 

 

   With that I will sign off until next time. Once again, I wish to thank the members for a great night and wish them good health and racing in 2020. Please Stay Safe. Any news to Good Corn 6 Boulby Drive Loftus Saltburn Cleveland TS13 4JN. Tel: 01287 643624 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.