By Arthur J Cowley
I volunteered to assist our great Secretary Brian Dearn by preparing the race results and doing the race reports for the fancy press. This is my first attempt at the race article and I hope it is up to the high Standards set by Brian Dearn. I am going to try to avoid opinions and politics and to give as much detail about the things that matter, the pigeons and the fanciers. So on to my report for our first race of the year, Carentan. Thirty six members sent 68 birds for the 300 mile race. The LSC membership covers a number of North West counties including Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria with 1 member in Yorkshire and 3 in North Wales. Members are limited to two birds in the old bird races, of which we have 3, with this season being Carentan, Fougeres and Messac.
The birds were transported as usual by Diane Bonney and liberated at Carentan in No wind at 6.30am on Sunday 9th June 2019.
Leading the way home was relatively new member Ray Bullen from Cheadle in Greater Manchester.
The Manchester Scouser Ray Bullen - The winning bird GB17F18220
The winner is a two year old cock sent sitting 5 day old eggs; he is off a Menne & Daughter stock cock bought at the Blackpool Charity auction. The dam is a Hereman Cuester from fellow LSC member Graham MacKay. This cock was second in 2018 from the LSC Fougeres race, just being pipped to the red card by Ray’s good friend Gerry Clements. This bird was also 20th open in the RPRA North West region ‘Help The Hero’s ‘race. Ray wins the ‘Briggs Trophy’ for 1st Carentan, a Parsonage award and the Albert Hitchen Memorial award.
In second place is new member John Winstanley, from Wigan with a two year old cock, the sire being an In-bred son of Champion Nellie from the House of Arden. The dam is a Van Den Berg from Albert Tarleton.
John Winstanley with his good friend Geoff Sanderland
.No it wasn’t snowing in Wigan in June; the photo was taken some time ago.
In 3rd place is David Newson, from Banks near Southport, with a three year old cock. David races with his father Brian who is an Hon Life Vice President of the LSC. Brian has given so much to the sport being a previous Editor of the British Homing Worlds and Secretary of the National Flying Club, as well as many other admin positions. I am sure all members will wish David and Brian a big well done. David also takes 8th position to with the “Webster Bros Trophy” for the best two bird Average performance.
Three generations of The Newson Family.
In fourth place is another new member John Mills of MRAD lofts, in St Helens. John tells me this 4 year old cock is a very reliable racer he is closely related to many club, Fed and Amal winners. The Sire is a direct Geert Munnik, bought from a Les Green auction while the dam is a Heremen Cuester bought from the Ponderosa stud. This pair is responsible for 3 North West Combine winners with birdage upto 15,000. Some pigeons!
The Fifth prize winner is Bob Smith of the R.B Smith partnership from Burtonwood near Warrington, this two year old cock is a full brother to ‘Mollie’ winner of numerous prizes including 1st Warrington 2 bird Messac and 4th Section MNFC Portland as well as numerous other prizes. This cock was a later bred young bird not having been raced as a young bird and only raced inland as a yearling. The photo below shows Bob on a recent visit to a stud selecting future stock.
In Sixth place taking the final prize card is long standing member Vin Donnelly from Stockport. Vinny’s second bird was 10th, being narrowly beaten by David Newson for the two bird Average trophy. Vinny tells me the bird is bred from his Dordin stock which he has had for a number of years.
I was unable to send to this First race, as while training on the Tuesday before basketing on Thursday, we suffered a Peregrine strike near to Whitchurch. The birds had been to this point numerous times this season without problems but on this particular day, the birds were hit. The first arrival home taking 3 hours to do the 28 miles, we had two more two hours later and a couple more later that evening, with the rest coming the next morning, while one yearling hen took 3 days. But all home eventually with only one injured!
By the time this article appears in the fancy press we will have already had our second race from Fougeres. So finally, well done to all the prize winners and a big thank you to Keith Iddon and Diane Bonney.
Good Luck to ALL members for the remaining 2 old bird and the young bird race, exchange race and Friendship race.
It with great sadness I hear of the passing of that great fancier and long-time guest of the Social Circle Bill Duckworth. Bill died last Friday 21st June 2019; I had the pleasure of speaking to Bill at the LSC marking the day before. Condolences to Bill’s Family and many friends. The funeral will be on Friday 5th July 2019. Brian Dearn has the details.