“The Original” Around The Up North Combine
Mr & Mrs Peirson & Purver Top Prizewinners At Brotton H/S
By Good Corn
I was unable to attend the 2019 Brotton Homing Society presentation night which always takes place in January as I was presenting at the Teesside Federation the same night, It's only the second time I have failed to present the Club prizes since 1996. Brotton H/S and the Brotton 6 Bird Club have teamed to hold their joint payout nights for the past few years now, which had previously being held at the Spar Hotel Saltburn but the members had decided on the Brotton Hunley Hall Golf Club this time. The very long serving Brotton H/S Secretary Terry Callan got the night under way by welcoming everyone to the Clubs big night and then gave a run down on the evening which would start with the East Cleveland Federation Secretary Bill Dowey who was in attendance with his wife Sheila presenting the silverware to the Brotton H/S members, then Charlie Hutchinson who was accompanied by his good lady Angie presenting to the Brotton 6 bird Club members. The meal would follow and then a host of raffle prizes were on offer followed by the Clubs breeder/buyer auction sale of 2020 youngsters. The rest of the night would be spent with the Disco & Karaoke which often attracts a few of the members, family, and friends to take to the floor and provide their singing skills. Terry thanked all the Club members who had worked hard to make the Club run so well through the season and also thanked his partner Kath and her daughter Lorraine for all their help throughout the year.
- Mr & Mrs Charlie & Angie Hutchinson with their Brotton 6 Bird Club gift of thanks.
Charlie Hutchinson has been in Pigeons a great number of years and now flying in Grangetown H/S which is part of the North York’s Federation. Charlie has enjoyed great success in his time where he was Secretary of the St Mary's H/S before it disbanded after the 2016 racing season, with the members going onto join Grangetown H/S where Charlie is now Secretary. The highlight of Charlie's racing life was when his dream came true in 2019 when he won a earth-shattering 1st Club, 1st Federation and 1st Up North Combine Bourges from a distance of 542 miles with “Charlie's Angel” winning the “Le Puy Trophy”, J W Towers Memorial Trophy”, “Hindhaugh Cup”, “Brian Long Friendship Trophy” and a Up North Combine Gold Medal. “Charlie's Angel” who was one of only three birds being timed on the day and 98 birds being recorded in race time from a convoy of 1,275 birds also winning a £100 Voucher kindly donated by J & L Timber of Gateshead to spend on their products and also winning 1st JPS Nomination banking £305.00.
Bill Dowey presenting silverware to Golly Peirson of top prizewinners Mr & Mrs Peirson & Purver of Brotton H/S winners of the Channel Average, Old Bird Combined Average and the Combined Average.
Top loft in Brotton H/S in 2019 was the partnership of Mr & Mrs Golly (Graham) & Linda Peirson & Tubby (Graham) Purver and the very helpful Ian (Evo) Everington & Frankie Roland winning 8 x 1st, 11 x 2nd, 13 x 3rd, 8 x 4th, 10 x 5th, 7 x 6th and a massive total of 200pts. Winning a host of silverware including the “Two Hundred Miles Trophy”, “L Miller Trophy, “Channel Average”, “ Best Channel Bird”, “Old Bird Combined Average”, “Combined Average”, “Classic Average” and the “Champion Flyer Trophy” etc, etc.
Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie's first points on the 2019 racing season were netted at old bird Oakham (1) when a trio of birds were timed to lift a nice 2nd, 4th and 5th Club with the blue card scorer going onto pocket 16th East Cleveland Federation. Another three birds with on the clock a week later at Oakham (2) to take a notable 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club, with the blue card potter notching up 8th Federation. A single bird was timed the following week at Chelmsford (1) to lift a useful 2nd Club and 6th Federation and then three birds were timed a week later from the Folkestone (1) National to take a very nice 3rd and 4th Club, 5th, 6th and 20th Federation with the green and yellow card lifters touching down together. Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie were in the points again out of Oakham (3) when 4th Club and 17th Federation was clocked up. The following week the birds were at Ypres the first of five channel races which proved victorious after three birds were timed to win a belting 1st, 3rd and 6th Club, 1st and 18th Federation out of 883 birds, 48th and 231st Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds. Win number two on the bounce was achieved at Chelmsford (2) after no less than four birds were timed to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Club with the red and blue card scorers that were timed 6 seconds apart going onto win a brilliant 1st and 2nd Federation where there was 931 birds competing. A hat-trick of wins was racked up from the second channel race Roye which was held on the same day as Chelmsford (2) when no fewer than five of the gangs squad were timed to win a fantastic 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 1st, 4th, 6th and 12th Federation out of 495 birds, 2nd, 96th, 125th and 222nd UNC with the chart-topper winning a Combine Silver Medal from a convoy of 4,456 birds.
Golly Peirson of Mr & Mrs Peirson & Purver of the Brotton 6 Bird Club with daughter Jo JT winners of the Channel Average receiving silverware from Charlie.
The birds were back on English soil a week later when a couple of birds were on the clock out of Huntingdon (1) to pocket 3rd and 5th Club. The following weekend there was two races with the first one being from over the pond at Bourges the longest race of the season from a distance of 540 miles, once again it turned out a very had race with only three birds home in the Combine on the day with no birds making it home in the East Cleveland Federation on nightfall. Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie did time one of their entries to win a superb 1st Club, 6th Federation out of 90 birds, 88th UNC from a convoy of 1,275 birds. The very game winner was the only bird recorded in the Club in race time out of only seven timed in the Federation and 90 timed in the whole of the UNC from the 3-day race. The second race of the weekend was staged from Huntingdon (2) a distance of 157 miles where the inform Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie timed three of their inland entries to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th and 7th Federation when there was 1,220 birds competing. Onto the Folkestone (2) National where four birds were on the clock to chalk up 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 8th, 14th, 15th and 17th Federation, 48th, 77th, 91st and 97th Combine. Back over the pond for channel race number four where the very hard to beat Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie timed five birds to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 11th Federation out of 212 birds, 18th, 46th, 48th, 58th and 194th UNC from a convoy of 3,124 birds. With the well-fancied green card scorer winning 1st £1, £2, £5 Federation Nominations banking £116.00. At this time Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie were flying one of the best channel birds in the UNC; their team performances were formidable from the distance races.
The inland birds were at Newark Cattle Market (2) the same weekend as the Reims race where a couple of inland birds were on the clock to notch up 4th and 5th Club and this was followed up a week later by picking up 6th Club Oakham (4) the final inland race of the season. The final old bird race of the campaign was from the French race point Burbure where Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie had four of their entries in the frame to net 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th Club, 7th, 9th, 17th and 18th Federation, 91st, 107th, 181st and 187th Combine. Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie's outstanding channel performance from the five over the pond races not only won them the Club Channel Average but also the East Cleveland Federation Channel Average which was an outstanding achievement. Evo and his nephew Frankie had being helping out at the loft for the past couple of years but due to living in Redcar Evo had decided they would be starting racing the young birds from his home, flying with Dormanstown H/S who are part of the North York’s Federation. I wish Evo & Frankie all the very best in their new venture.
Onto the nine-race young bird programme, unfortunately I don't have all the Club young bird results, only the positions that featured on the Federation sheet. Golly, Linda & Tubby started the young birds on the right foot after timing a trio of youngsters to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 6th, 7th and 12th Federation Bubwith (1) from a convoy of 1,354 birds. Golly, Linda & Tubby did time a baby one second before their Brotton H/S winner to win 1st Club and 5th Federation in the Brotton 6 Bird Club. A couple of babies were timed one second apart out of Newark Show Ground to chalk up a useful 2nd and 3rd Club; and then a single bird was on the clock out of the Maidstone National to chalk up 2nd Club, 12th Federation and 116th Combine. Onto race number eight where 11th Federation was notched up out of Bubwith (3) and then 3rd Club was netted at Wakefield to end a top-class racing season.
Bill presenting silverware to Ray Mole and family of Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners winners of the Old Bird Inland Average, r/u Channel, Old Bird Combined and the Combine Averages.
The loft of Ray Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners who have achieved great success over the years winning numerous of Averages including Combined Averages were the Clubs second highest prizewinners winning 7 x 1st, 7 x 2nd, 4 x 3rd, 6 x 4th, 11 x 5th, 7 x 6th Clubs and 140pts. With Reg & Ray winning a host of silverware including the “W Rigg Trophy”, “F Reilly Memorial Trophy”, “Old Bird Inland Average”, “Bird Of The Year Trophy”, Runners Up “Channel”, “Old Bird Combined” and the “Combined “ Averages.
Reg & Ray started the 2019 old bird season in fantastic style after timing no fewer than six of their Bubwith entries in under one minute to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 14th, 15th and 18th Federation from a convoy of 1,281 birds. A trio of birds were on the clock a week later at Newark Show Ground to chalk up 2nd, 6th and 7th Club, 9th, 19th and 20th Federation. The duo were out of the frame from the third race Oakham (1) but returned to the winners' enclosure the following race out of Oakham (2) when three birds were timed to win 1st, 4th and 5th Club with the red card winner going onto score a cracking 3rd Federation when there was 1,632 birds competing. Reg & Ray stayed in the winners' enclosure a week later when the birds were at Chelmsford (1) when another three birds were in the frame to win a top-notch 1st, 3rd and 5th Club, 4th, 8th and 20th Federation out of an entry of 1,536 birds. The inform partnership achieved a hat-trick of wins at the Folkestone (1) National to record their fourth win in six races after timing a couple of their squad to win a top-drawer 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 4th Federation out of a convoy of 1,041 birds. Onto Oakham (3) where three of their entries were in the points to pocket 3rd, 5th and 6th Club with the first two scorers going onto net 12th and 18th Federation.
The first channel race was from Ypres where Reg & Ray timed a couple of their team to lift 2nd and 5th Club with the well-fancied blue card scorer going onto take 11th Federation, 3rd £2 Federation Nomination netting £24.40 and 124th UNC. A single bird was on the clock out of Chelmsford (2) to notch up 6th Club; and then Reg & Ray won 1st and 4th Club Huntingdon (1) when their chart-topper went onto score 12th Federation when there was 940 birds away. Two more birds were in the points a week later at Huntingdon (2) to pot 4th and 6th Club. Reg & Ray were enjoying a cracking old bird inland season and it got even better from the Folkestone (2) National when they timed two of their well-fancied entries to win a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 5th and 7th Federation from 789 birds. With the winner that is the previous winner of 1st Club, 1st Federation, 2nd Section and 2nd Up North Combine Eastbourne (1) National in 2017 winning a Combine Silver Medal from a convoy of 7,474 birds winning the £1, £5 and 2nd £2 Federation Nominations netting £147.40, 3rd North Of England Championship Club banking another £99.75 and 33rd UNC out of an entry of 11,493 birds. The 5y winner has being a good honest Pigeon for Reg & Ray, not only winning but also scoring other positions and raking in a good amount of prize and pools money along the way. The blue card scorer that won 1st Club and 1st Federation from the Folkestone (1) National lifted 3rd £2 Federation Nomination picking up £23.60, 5th NECC claiming another £37.31 and 45th UNC to round of a brilliant day for Reg & Ray who now had 6 x 1st inland wins under their belts from 12 races.
Onto the fourth channel race which was from Reims where a single bird was timed to lift 5th Club, 9th Federation with the well-fancied timer taking 3rd £2 Federation Nomination netting £16.00 and 169th Combine. A trio of birds were in the points at Newark Cattle Market (2) to pocket 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club with the blue and green card potters going onto chalk up 18th and 20th Federation. Reg & Ray have flown a good water bird over the years winning the Club Channel Average many times, the lad's brought some of their previous top performance back at the final French race Burbure and last race of the old bird season after timing a trio of their entries to win 1st, 4th and 5th Club, 5th, 10th and 16th Federation out of 578 birds, 52nd, 110th and 176th UNC from a convoy of 8,025 birds. With the fancied pole position winner chalking up 3rd £2 Federation Nomination claiming £19.60 to round of a brilliant old bird campaign. Moving onto the young birds where 5th Club was taken at Bubwith (1), Newark Show Ground and the Maidstone National.
Bill presenting to Wayne Reilly of Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne winners of the Young Bird Average.
Wayne Reilly of Reilly & Son JT winners of the Channel Average and winners of the Young Bird Average receiving silverware from Charlie.
The Family partnership of Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne and loft helper Peter Marshall were the Clubs third highest prize-winners winning 2 x 1st, 3 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 7 x 4th, 4 x 5th, 3 x 6th Clubs and 67pts. Winning the “Bortner Young Bird Cup”, “Bubwith (3) Young Bird Trophy”, “Vaux Tankard Young Bird Average” and the “F Reilly Young Bird Average”. Frank, Brenda, Wayne & Peter first chalked out of the first channel race Ypres when they had a single bird on the clock to lift 4th Club, they also took 6th Club out of young bird Bubwith (1) and 4th Club from both Newark Show Ground and Oakham (1). A trio of birds were timed in the space of 20 seconds at Chelmsford to lift a notable 3rd, 4th and 5th Club. And then 4th Club was netted at the Maidstone National, this was the partnerships second arrival as their first bird home was in the Brotton 6 Bird Club that won a brilliant 1st Club, 6th Federation, 1st £10 and 2nd £2 Federation Nomination banking £136.00 and 65th UNC from a convoy of 9,020 birds. A top-drawer performance was put up by the youngsters a week later at the back over race Bubwith (3) when no fewer than six of the gangs entries were timed in 1 minute 13 seconds to win a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th Federation when there was 816 birds competing. Frank, Brenda, Wayne & Peter also timed two of their Brotton 6 Bird Club entries to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 8th and 9th Federation to round off a tremendous days racing. The winner was the same youngster that won 1st Brotton 6 Bird Club, 6th Federation, 1st £10 and 2nd £2 Federation Nomination and 65th UNC out of the Maidstone National the previous race. Another belting loft performance was achieved a week later out of Wakefield the final race of the 2019 racing season when no less than five babies were on the clock to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, with the red card winner going on to score 20th Federation when there was 591 birds and see off a Young Bird Average winning season.
Shaun Ward & daughter Ruby of W & S Ward receiving the Metcalf Cup and the Melton Mowbray (1) Trophy from Bill
Charlie Hutchinson presenting silverware to Bill Ward & granddaughter Ruby of W & S Ward top prizewinners in the Brotton 6 Bird Club winners of the Old Bird Inland Average, Old Bird Combined Average and the Combined Average
The partnership of W & S Ward, Bill & grandson Shaun were the winners of 2 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 4 x 4th, 4 x 5th, 3 x 6th Clubs and 53pts winning the “Metcalf Cup” and the “Melton Mowbray (1) Trophy”. Bill & Shaun got off the mark in fantastic style from the second old bird race Newark Show Ground when the duo timed no fewer than four of their entries to win a top-notch 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club with the red card winner going onto score a brilliant 2nd Federation out of 1,767 birds. Win number two on the bounce was achieved at Oakham (1) when their chart-topper went onto chalk up 13th Federation out of an entry of 1,937 birds. Three weeks later a couple of birds were on the clock to pocket 5th and 6th Club, 9th and 18th Federation and a week later 2nd Club and 11th Federation Oakham (3) was netted, and that was followed by taking 3rd Club and 13th Federation Chelmsford (2). The following week when the birds were at Newark Cattle Market no less than five birds were timed to lift a notable 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 16th Federation. A single bird was on the clock from Huntingdon (1) to notch up 6th Club and a week later another single bird was timed at Huntingdon (2) to pick up 5th Club. Moving onto the Folkestone (2) where a couple of Bill & Shaun's entries were timed to take 4th Club, 9th Federation, 50th and 164th UNC; and then 4th Club was netted out of Oakham (4).
Dave Storr was the winner of 5 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 5 x 6th and 44pts winning the “Bass Trophy”, “Ollerton (2) Cup”, “Moody Cup”, “Grantham Young Bird Trophy”, “Chapman Cup” and the “Jimmy Arkless Memorial Trophy”. Dave's first old birds’ points were notched up out of the third race Oakham (1) when 6th Club was taken, and then a cracking 1st Club and 2nd Federation was won at Oakham (3) from a convoy of 1,350 birds. Dave was also the winner of 1st Club and 8th Federation young bird Oakham (1) when there were 1,304 birds competing and 1st Club, 14th Federation Chelmsford from 871 birds. A trio of birds were timed at the Maidstone National to win 1st, 3rd and 6th Club with the red card winner going onto chalk up a brilliant 3rd Federation out of 851 birds and 56th UNC from a convoy of 9,020 birds.
Mick Smithies who has being the Clubs top loft few times over the years was the winner of 2 x 1st, 3 x 3rd, 1 x 4th, 1 x 5th, 1 x 6th Clubs and 30pts winning the “Hatfield (3) Cup” and the “Joe Wright Memorial Trophy” Mick was in the points on the opening day of the new season when he potted a useful 3rd Club and 6th Federation out of old bird Bubwith, Mick netted 3rd again at the third race Oakham (1) only this time his green card potter took 21st Federation. A couple of birds were on the clock from Chelmsford (1) to chalk up 4th and 6th Club with the yellow card scorer going onto lift 16th Federation. Mick hit top spot at Newark Cattle Market (2) when his pole position winner went onto score a nice 9th Federation when there was 891 birds competing, and then had a couple of birds in the points at Oakham (4) to pot 3rd and 5th Club with the green card lifter going onto net 19th Federation.
The partnership of Mr & Mrs Bob & Babs Moore were the winners of 1 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 1 x 4th Clubs and 27pts winning the “Retford (1) Cup”. Bob & Babs were in the points out of young bird Bubwith (1) when 4th Club, 18th Federation was taken, and then Bob & Barbara zoomed in to top the charts at Newark Show Ground when their red card winning youngster went onto score 24th Federation from a convoy of 2,144 birds. The following week when the birds were at Oakham (1) a couple of babies were in the frame to net a useful 2nd and 3rd Club with the blue card potter going onto chalk up 18th Federation. Bob & Babs sent their green card scorer in the Brotton 6 Bird Club the following week at Oakham (2) when the youngster won 1st Club and 35th Federation out of an entry of 1,020 birds. Bob & Babs netted 2nd Club out of Chelmsford, this was the duo's second arrival as their first bird home was in the Brotton 6 bird Club where they won a belting 1st Club and 5th Federation when there were 871 birds away.
Lorraine Hudson of Terry Callan & Hudson winners of the L Riddiough Memorial Trophy.
The new formed partnership of Club Secretary Terry Callan & Lorraine Hudson were the winners of 1 x 1st, 1 x 2nd Clubs and 11pts winning the “L Riddiough Memorial Trophy”, “Old Bird Derby Trophy”, “Old Bird Knock-Out Trophy” and the “Young Bird Knock-Out Trophy”. Terry & Lorraine's first points of the season were achieved at old bird Huntingdon (1) when a notable 2nd Club was scored. Terry & Lorraine hit the winners' enclosure at Oakham (4) the final old inland race of the campaign when a belting 1st Club and 9th Federation was won when there were 850 birds competing.
Bill presenting the B & K Simpson Most Points with Out A Win Trophy to Andrew Doe of Doe, Swales & Sanderson.
The partnership of Andrew & Gavin Doe, John “Dillon” Swales and the late Sandy Sanderson were the scorers of 1 x 6th Club which was potted at young bird Chelmsford which won them the “B & K Simpson Most Points With Out A Win Trophy”.
Charlie presenting to Vic Garbutt of Garbutt, the late Brian “Rusty” Stone & Brian “Mac” McCormick winners of 1st Club Old Bird Folkestone (2) National.
Charlie presenting the Young Bird Oakham (1) Trophy to newcomer John Newton & Family
Ricky Cush receiving his prize money and cards from Charlie
Andrew Doe of Doe, Swales & Sanderson receiving the B & K Simpson Most Points With Out A Win Trophy from Charlie
Brotton 6 Bird Club Secretary Jackie Wynn receiving her Club gift of thanks from Charlie
I have already reported on the Brotton 6 Bird Club 2019 season in my East Cleveland Federation report. Thanks to Lorraine Hudson for taking the photos and emailing them onto me.
Sadly, Les Cropper recently passed away, Les had being in the sport a great number of years flying in both Brotton H/S and the Brotton 6 Bird Club. Les and his wife Jean were always regulars on the Blackpool Show weekend coach trip with a number of local fancies years ago, everyone always enjoyed that great weekend away. I only ever knew of Les working as a scaffolder on the I.C.I Wilton Site where in his later years doing the scaffold inspectors job on the Olefins 6 plant where I worked. Les was very popular in and out of the sport and had made many, many friends both through Pigeons and his work life. In 1997 Les only sent one bird to Bourges winning 1st Brotton H/S, 1st East Cleveland Federation and 41st Up North Combine from a convoy of 2,980 birds flying 540 miles. Les is going to be greatly missed by all who knew him.