The Joe Murphy Column
I was shocked when I received a phone call telling me that my dear mate Guy Reed of the Isle of Wight had taken a heart attack and was taken to hospital in Portsmouth. He has had 2 stents inserted and thankfully he is now home on the island. I have spoken to him a few times this week and expressed that he will have to slow down and take things more easily from now on. Guy was still working doing odd jobs about the island and he is 71 years of age. He will have to also cut down on his pigeons and get them to a more manageable amount. He was telling me that he has a round of youngsters from his stock birds that are about to come out of the nest this week, and I have advised him to sell these on as he is not able to look after or race a big team of youngsters. I just hope he takes my advice as I have been in the same situation and if you don’t change to a more manageable lifestyle then you are not helping yourself or your loved ones. I wish my dear friend all the best in his recovery and hope he heeds my advice. Get well soon mate.
This week’s Photographs
Sinclair Thomson & Son
I’ve attached 2 photos from the Sinclair Thomson & son of Port Seton loft from East Lothian; The dark chequer cock is named ‘Mr Constant’ and has a SNFC Silver and Bronze award and was also the runner up to The Dewar Trophy Winner of 2018 another of the Sinclair’s top pigeons a chequer hen ‘Seton Queen’. The dark chequer cock ‘Mr Constant’ is a winner in the SNFC 12 times with 8 times from inland nationals and 4 times from across the English Channel. As a young bird he won 138th open from Buckingham a distance of 286 miles; then as a yearling he won 132nd section B 219th open from Portsmouth flying 363 miles from a convoy of 4767 birds. He was then sent to Eastbourne a distance of 385 miles and he won 48th section B 70th open from an entry of 2494 birds. As a 2 year old in 2016 he won 4 times being 52nd section B 164th open from Buckingham from an entry of 4328 birds sent by 521 members he then went to Littlehampton a distance of 370 miles and he won 17th section B 43rd open from an entry of 4482 birds sent by 510 members, his next race was from the Ypres national a distance of 428 miles and he was 6th section B 7th open from an entry of 2323 birds sent by 440 members. A few weeks later he was then sent to SNFC Roye race with a convoy of 1135 birds entered by 258 members and won 17th section B 49th open. In 2017 he once again won an open prize of 179th from Buckingham race from an entry of 4170 birds entered by 495 members but did not win a section prize diploma he returned from this race with all his cover feathers missing and was obviously not raced again that year. Then in 2018 once again won 4 times in the national being 31st section B 223rd open from Buckingham flying 286 miles against 3576 birds entered by 441 members. He was then sent to the SNFC Maidstone race and won 23rd section B 62nd open flying 359 miles from an entry of 3001 birds sent by 444 fanciers. He then went to the Gold Cup race from Liege with 327 members sending and he won 1st section B 1st east region 5th open flying 507 miles against 1072 birds. He was then set up for the last old bird national from Roye a distance of 494 miles flying against 747 birds entered by 186 members and he won 3rd section B 12th open flying. Now winning a SNFC Silver Award for 3 times a section winner from the English Channel; and also a winner of a Meritorious Inland Bronze Award for winning 5 times from inland nationals. Two years ago the Thomson partnership won the SHU Dewar Trophy for Scotland’s bird of the year with a chequer hen named ‘Seton Queen’ as a matter of interest ‘Mr Constant’ beat her 3 times that year, but was not nominate for the Dewar Trophy as Sinclair thought that the hen’s 2nd open position was good enough.
‘Seton Queen’ won 4 times in 4 Scottish nationals in the 2016 season being 286th open (no section prize) from Buckingham flying against 4328 birds 521 members flying a distance of 286 miles; she then went to the Littlehampton with a convoy of 4482 birds entered by 510 lofts and won 18th section B 45th open flying 370 miles. She was then entered into the Ypres race with 2324 birds at this national race entered by 440 members and flying a distance of 428 miles to her home loft won 25th section B 45th open and to crown off a great season she was then entered into the last old bird national from Roye with 258 members sending 1135 birds to competing and flying a distance of 494 miles she won 1st section B 2nd open to triumphantly be hailed ‘Scotland’s Bird of the Year 2016’ winning the Scottish Homing Union ‘Dewar Trophy’. In 2017 she was entered into the Bedhampton race a distance of 363 miles with a fantastic entry of 6065 birds entered by 634 members and she won 94th section B 350th open. She was then sent to Ypres a distance of 428 miles and from an entry of 2320 birds sent by 409 members she won 2nd section B 6th open therefore winning her SNFC Silver Award for 3 times a winner from over the Channel. Last year she was again sent to Ypres and won 17th section B 51st open from an entry of 2541 birds entered by 433 members. She like most of the birds in the loft is bred from Taylor Brothers of Newbigging stock pigeons. I also noticed another outstanding pigeon being raced by the Thomson partnership a blue cock SU14P5640 named ‘Donald’ as he waddles when he walks about the loft. In 2015 he won 3 times from inland nationals winning 45th section B 71st open from Billericay flying 332 miles against a convoy of 3406 birds; he was then sent to Portsmouth a distance of 363 miles and he won 9th section B 9th open from an entry of 4767 birds. He then went to the Eastbourne national a distance of 385 miles (this replaced Ypres as we could not get over the channel) and from an entry of 2494 birds he won 33rd section B 44th open. In 2016 won 8th section B 9th open from Ypres a distance of 428 miles competing against 2323 birds entered by 440 members and in 2017 was again to the fore winning 10th section B 33rd open from Buckingham 286 miles against 4170 birds entered by 495 members he was then back into the Ypres race with a convoy of 2320 birds entered by 409 members and he won 10th section B 16th open In 2018 the blue cock was entered into the Maidstone national with an entry of 3001 birds sent by 444 members and he won 16th section B 31st open flying 359 miles to win an SNFC Bronze award for 5 times a winner from inland nationals. A few weeks later he was entered into the Liege national race with 1072 birds entered by 327 members and won 11th section B 51st open flying 507 miles and therefore won a SNFC Silver Award for 3 times a winner from over the channel. The above 3 birds have truly outstanding performances and we take our hat off to this father and son partnership and wish them both well in the new national season which starts on the 1st June 2019.
Angus Federation result of the Newark race flown on Saturday 25th May liberated at 06-45am into a north to north west wind. Topping the federation and also winning 3rd & 20th positions is Ian Scott of Forfar with the Macaulay Ferguson & Curran partnership in 2nd 8th & 12th positions. Davie Glen is 4th 5th & 10th federation with J McCafferty of Forfar in 6th 17th 18th & 19th open. David J Liddle is 7th 14th & 15th with Kenny Droog & son in 9th & 11th places. Kevin J Murphy manages to split the Forfar club dominance winning 13th open with Bob Baldie also from Forfar in 16th place.
The East Section is won by Kevin J Murphy in 1st 2nd & 8th places with Charlie & Glen Cameron of Arbroath winning 3rd 4th 5th 6th & 9th section with Les McKay also from Arbroath club in 7th spot D & D Hay of Gourdon are 10th east section.
Club winners are as follows; Forfar 371 birds winner Ian Scott; Arbroath 91 birds winner Kevin J Murphy; Montrose 52 birds winner G Campbell; Gourdon 13 birds winner D & D Hay;
Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club
From the Newark flown on the 25th May 4 members sent 91 birds with the federation convoy these were liberated at 06-45 hours into a north to north west wind for the 251 miles race. First 2 places are won by Kevin J Murphy with his winner the only bird doing over 1300 yards per minute is a 2 year old chequer hen that has previously won this year being 4th club Lauder, 2nd club 3rd east section Otterburn, 3rd club 3rd east section Ripon, 10th club Wakefield and 1st club 1st East Section, 13th open federation Newark. Her sire is bred by Billy Bilsland from his 9th open SNFC Alencon cock when mated to Billy’s ‘Isla’ winner of 1st open SNFC Leicester young bird national winner. The dam of the winner was from Tom & Scott McEwen’s ‘Paul Stobbs’ bloodlines. The 2nd club winner doing a velocity of 1293 is a 2 year old chequer hen: this hen has also won 2nd club 5 east section from Tow Law and 2nd club 2nd east section Newark. Both parents bred by Tom & Scott McEwen her sire is son of ‘TMAC’ a SNFC Silver Award winner who won 5th open SNFC Alencon when paired to his own sister. Dam is from a double SNFC winner who won 5th open Clermont when paired to a SNFC 7th open Roye winner. When you think of it a 1st open 2 x 5th open; 7th open and a 9th open SNFC winners in their breeding. 3rd club are Charlie and Glen Cameron with a velocity of 1287 with; ‘Branch’ a 3 year dark chequer who was 3rd open SNFC Roye in 2018. ‘Branch’ is bred from a son of Leon Messiaen’s ‘Perpignan’ who is Leon’s main pigeon for racing and breeding in the last 10 years. The dam of ‘Branch’ is from the family Malfait of Jabbeke and originates from the Olympiad Gran Canaria and Bettini 1st National Dax bloodline; (The old saying ‘Blood always Tells’ comes to mind when I write this report Joe M)
Almond Valleys Federation
News from Lynne Stewart who wrote ‘Hi Joe we had 1174 birds away to Wakefield on the 25th May with a 06-00 hour liberation: The birds were doing well over 1200 ypm and the outright winner was 1 yard from making it a 1300 velocity with West Calder John Bird having a very good day being 1st 6th 7th & 9th open. Geordie Harris of Bonnybridge club is 2nd 4th 5th 17th & 20th open. Dougie Bald of Balerno club is 3rd & 8th open. Ian Jamieson of the same club is 10th open with East Calder Jimmy M Young in 11th open followed by club mate John Jamieson who is 12th & 13th with another club mates Burnside & Drysdale in 14th spot. Law & Brady of Bonnybridge are 15th with East Calder’s Robert Anderson in 16th spot. Colin Ross of Balerno club is 18th & 19th open. . Federation 1174 Club Bird
Club Winners are as follows;
Balerno 157 birds; D Bald 1265.862, 1244.458, I Jamieson 1240.395, C Ross 1213.997
Bonnybridge 288 birds; G Harris 1293.203, 1256.822, 1256.666, Law & Brady 1223.952
Carnwath 146 birds; W Watson 1107.743, McArdle & Thomson 1093.487, 1063.145, I Thomson 1058.503
East Calder 148 birds; J M Young 1237.605, J Jamieson 1236.524, 1236.441, Burnside & Drysdale 1231.186
West Calder 138 birds; J Bird 1299.092, 1249.463, 1248.875, 1240.950
News from Archie McIntyre who writes ‘Hi Joe, hope you are keeping well. Please find attached 2 reports from Ayrshire federation. I’m sorry these reports are coming together but over the past few weeks, time has just been running away from me. My 1st report is from our Appleby race we were due to go to Ripon but our transporter broke down and we ended up at Appleby for our 4th race of the season on the 11th May and it is turning out to be one of those seasons where nothing is going right with our transporter. Following the intermittent electrical issues with the transporter and the cancelation of the Appleby 1 race, on route to Ripon the driver was experiencing a grinding noise from the back end of the lorry. After stopping at a Motorway Service station on route, Kenny Young our driver met up Robert Baird the (North West driver/convoyer) and Kenny and Ayrshire federation cannot thank Robert enough for his advice and help dealing with the lorry. It was agreed the lorry could not travel much further so it was nursed to the nearest liberation site and this being Appleby. Our race controller Jim had the convoy of 1,320 birds up and away at 08-30 with no wind recorded at the race point which is between 94 miles up to 128 miles to the top end of the federation.
Leading the way in the federation this week and for the 2nd week on the trot and doing it in style with a 1st and 2nd federation win on 1290.9 and 1278.0 is the inform partnership of Dunlop & Aitken of the Mauchline & District club flying 104 miles I have very little info on the winning pigeons apart from both pigeons are Vandenabeele and are flying natural. Thanks to John Watters for info and picture. Next up on to the podium taking 3rd federation on 1273.5 for a distance of 95 miles is Jock MacKenzie of Cumnock flying with Cumnock & Dist. Sire is a Herman Ceuster from Patrick McDonald of Glasgow when paired to a daughter of Jock’s top winning cock known as “4545” who has won 10 x 1st clubs, 1st, 2nd federation and a 1st, 2nd and 6th west coast combine. Thanks to Janice McDougall for the info and picture.
Dunlop & Aitken 2nd Fed Appleby
Winners from in and around the clubs;
North Section 639 birds; 1st Ardeer HS, Hutchinson & Tudhope 1253.5, 1st Darvel HS, Cowan & Findlay 1253.4, 1st Dalry HS, T Smith 1253.3, 1st Kilwinning HS, J McNeil 1243.0:
Central Section 294 birds; 1st Irvine HS, H Pollock 1268.2, 1st Kilmarnock Invitation R Young 1262.8: 1st Crosshouse HS, A Wilson 1126.2.
South Section 387 birds: 1st Mauchline & District Dunlop & Aitken 1290.9, 1st Cumnock & District J MacKenzie 1273.5, 1st Whitletts & District W Lawrence 1237.9, 1st Annbank & District K Harris 1083.8, 1st Dalmellington PC G Mitchell 1141.9, 1st Carrick & District Jamieson & Cameron 1130.6.
After liberation the recovery services were called out and the transporter was recovered back to Scotland to a local garage where it was established the diff had went in the back end. Ayrshire federation would like to thank Robert Baird the North West driver/convoyer for his assistance to our driver on the way down and for calling back into Appleby after his liberation at Ripon to follow our transporter across to Penrith (where it was recovered from) and bring our driver and convoyer back up to Scotland where they met Ayrshire federation secretary who transported him back to Ayrshire. For our 5th race of the season we were due to go to Bubwith on the 18th May but due to the transporter breaking down on route to Ripon the week before and only getting as far as Appleby, the top table decided the federation should go back to Ripon this week. With the transporter still in the garage, the federation had no options left to them for this week’s race but to use the federation trailer that has a capacity of 1,000 birds. The Federation would like to thank Andy Barbour a member of Dalry HS for offering up his pickup to the federation to tow the trailer to Ripon. This week saw our reserve race controller Alex Howie take charge for the first time in liberating our convoy. Alex had the convoy of 964 birds, which was very close to capacity for the trailer; up and away at 08-45 into a light variable wind for a race of between 142 miles up to 179 miles to the top end of the federation. Leading the way in the federation this week taking 1st fed on a velocity of 1228.1 is John Donald of Ardeer HS. John’s wining pigeon was a yearling hen now named ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and was sitting 12 days on eggs, she is mainly down from John’s Roland Janssen pigeons that he had purchased from Louella, with a couple of crosses of his own stuff and his late friend ‘Tom Dunwoodie’. Its grandsires on both sides have had numerous winners including a federation winner. These pigeons have flow out as far as Ypres, with the sire of John’s winner being his timer from Ypres last year. The name ‘Beautiful Sunday’ came after the victory of John’s beloved football team Kilmarnock beat Glasgow Rangers to ensure them European football next year. John attended the game and afterwards came straight to the club hut to find out he had won the club and indeed the federation; so a beautiful Sunday right enough. Thanks to Colin Nicol for the info and photo. Next up on to the podium taking 2nd and 3rd federation on 1219.7 and 1219.4 for a distance of 143 miles is Jock Mackenzie of Cumnock flying with Cumnock & District club. Jock is flying well moving up 1 spot from his 3rd fed the previous week’s race. Sorry, but I do not have any information on Jock’s two winning pigeons at time of writing this report.
Winners from in and around the clubs
John Donald 1st Fed Ripon
North Section 407 birds: 1st Ardeer HS is J Donald 1228.1: 1st Darvel HS are Cowan & Findlay 1199.7: 1st Dalry HS is R Reid 1194.2; and 1st Kilwinning HS is J McNeil 1193.6.
Central Section 264 birds; 1st Irvine HS is T Blakely 1199.9; 1st Kilmarnock Invitation is R Young 1190.9; 1st Crosshouse HS is I Noble 1187.9.
South Section 293 birds; 1st Cumnock & District is J MacKenzie 1219.7; 1st Mauchline & District is J Watters 1194.3; 1st Whitletts & District is W Lawrence 1187.8; 1st Annbank & District is K Harris 1085.2; 1st Dalmellington PC is J Sloan 1017.6 and 1st Carrick & District are Jamieson & Cameron 792.2. I have also attached 3 photographs Joe, one of the winners feature in the top 3 in both these races; keep well Joe and many thanks once again Archie’.
Broxburn & Uphall RPC
News from Bernie Britton who writes ‘We had 6 members sending 256 birds to Newark on the 25th May 2019 with a liberation at 06-00 hours into to a north to north west wind. Winning 1st club 9th federation is Hamish Ferguson flying a blue bar cock on the roundabout system. His sire was bred by his good friends G W & P Macaloney being a son of their ‘Dream Pair. The stock hen is from Page Brothers of Pickering bloodlines being ‘Gabby’. He had 2 races as a young bird and was 5th club last week; Hamish was also 15th & 16th federation. In 2nd club 10th federation is Pat Rafferty & Sons flying a chequer pied hen also on roundabout this yearling is a Louella Vandy from D & J Hawkins and this hen won 10th club out of Otterburn. In 3rd club 11th federation is John McNeill flying a blue bar cock on roundabout he was a gift from his good mate Rab Walker from Rab’s old family. Gordon Mackenzie is 12th 18th & 19th federation; once again many thanks Joe keep well yours Bernie’.
Bo'ness Wakefield winner
News from Martyn Brown who writes; ‘Hi Joe, please find enclosed race report for the Wakefield race flown on 17th May, due to very poor weather on the Saturday and Sunday the correct decision was made to pull the race forward 24 hours and basket Thursday night for a Friday race. Well done to the Central Federation and every other organisation that saw sense and put the pigeon’s welfare first. The Central fed liberated 1196 birds at 10-20am with 399 heading for the Bo’ness club into a north east wind. The winning pigeon recording a velocity of 1275ypm and very deservedly topping the central fed, was once again the loft of Andrew Brown making it 3 club wins on the bounce and the 2nd week straight for GB18L18730 not an X was missed out on Andrews pool sheet on Thursday night at basketting, the cock is a Gust Janssen flown on the roundabout. In 2nd club and 6th fed recording a velocity of 1258ypm is Jim Smith of Polmont, his winning hen is flown on roundabout and her mother is a full sister to ‘Birthday Boy’ winner of 4th open SNFC Buckingham. In 3rd club 7th federation recording a velocity of 1256 once again is Jim Smith with another roundabout hen breeding is Busschaert on both sides. Well done once again to Andrew Brown winning 3 weeks on the bounce is no easy achievement at any level in pigeon racing, just shows ‘Hard Work’ pays off.
East of Scotland Federation
News from Tom McEwen who informs us that they were at Newark with the convoy liberated at 06-15 hours with no wind at the race point. Taking first open is Keith Howie of Prestonpans club with a 2 year old Vandenabeele cock on roundabout with his bloodlines from Hawkins & Evans. Having another great race is John Bird who wins 2nd 3rd 6th & 7th open. Jim McNeil of Tranent is another with a fantastic foursome winning 4th 8th 9th & 10th open. Completing the top ten in 5th open is former SNFC Gold Cup winner George Veitch of East Salton.
Prestonpans Homing Society
The winner is Keith Howie with a 2 year old Vandenabeele cock on roundabout bloodlines are Hawkins & Evans this cock was 1st club 3rd federation from Whitely Bay this season. 2nd & 3rd club is John Bird with his first bird a 3 year old cock on roundabout, he was unraced last year through injury as a yearling he won 3rd club 3rd federation positions. Sire was from Frans Laerman bloodlines; Dam contains the Herman Ceuster bloodlines. John’s 3rd club is a 3 year old roundabout hen. Sire was a grandson of ‘Bit’s & Pieces’ dam was John’s great hen ‘Peg’ winner of 2nd open SNFC Ypres. Thanks once again for including the above into your weekly column yours Tom McEwen’.
The federation of homing pigeon societies sent Wakefield race on the 25th May with 1706 birds liberated at 06-15 hours into a west wind.
Federation Top 10; 1st R Cunningham from Tayport on a velocity of 1379 2nd are Erskine & son of Novar 3rd place is R Anderson of St Andrews with Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes & Leslie in 4th & 5th places. D Baldie of St Andrews is 6th 9th & 10th with Honeyman & Son of Kennoway in 7th place their club mate Tam Gook is 8th open.
Centre section top 10; birdage being Glenrothes & Leslie club 97 birds, Novar 156 birds. First place goes to R Cunningham of Tayport with Erskine & son of Novar in 2nd place Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes & Leslie club is 3rd 4th 5th 6th & 7th with his near neighbour Turpie & McCord in 8th place the last 2 places are won by Sean Diamond of Kennoway club.
East Section top 10:
Kennoway 271 birds; Methilhaven 95 birds; St Andrews 151 birds; Tayport 49 birds; Leven 121 birds;
The winner is R Anderson of St Andrews with his club mate D Baldie is in 2nd & 5th positions. Honeyman & son of Kennoway are 3rd with Tam Cook of the same club in 4th David Brown of Leven is 6th with J Honeyman of Kennoway in 7th spot. John Harcus of St Andrews is 8th with Mook Honeyman of Kennoway in 9th place and making up the top 10 is Davie Jack of Tayport club.
West Section top 10;
Birdage are as follows; Crossgates 360 birds; Dunfermline 183 birds; Lochgelly 162 birds, Perth 70 birds. First 6th 7th & 10th places are won by Jock Brockie of Lochgelly club. Jock Hynd & son of Crossgates club are 2nd 3rd 4th 5th & 8th with C Wright of Lochgelly taking the 9th position.
Dunfermline LRPS news from David Kennedy who writes ‘Hi Joe, from the Wakefield old bird race we had 11 members sending 183 birds. First this week is Frank Mitchell with a velocity of 1242 ypm he timed a yearling roundabout hen bred down from Andrew Lawleys birds the bloodline being from M & D Evans. Second place goes to the partnership of Mick O’Reilly and Hamish Park they timed a 2 year old roundabout hen with a velocity of 1220 ypm. The bird was bred by fellow club mates Walker and David Kennedy Loft No2 and the bloodlines are a cross from Marshall & Smith from The Up North Combine and George Atkinson of Market Weighton. Third place goes to Frank Mitchell with a velocity of 1208 ypm. This 2 year old roundabout hen is again from the bloodlines of Andrew Lawley of Elson from his M & D Evans bloodlines. Mick and Hamish win this week nomination and also win the KO competition. The loft double is won by Frank Mitchell and Eddie McWilliams.
J McKenzie 3rd Fed Applby, 2nd & 3rd Fed Ripon
From the Newark race flown on the 25th of May 54 members sent 800 birds these were liberated at 06-45 hours into a North West wind. Taking the top spot with a velocity of 1354.45 is Billy McEwan of Dundee winning the Yearling Cup and he is also 5th 6th 7th 8th 10th 11th & 12th open great flying. Bruce McKenzie is 2nd with a velocity of 1354. 24 and he was flying 450 yards further, Bruce also won 19th & 20th open. Danny Henderson is 3rd (1353 velocity) and 24th open with Mark Young in 4th place doing a 1351 velocity. D & C McCleary are 9th with Forfar’s Ian Scott in 13th & 16th open. Another Forfar partnership of Macaulay Ferguson & Curran are 14th & 26th with last year’s SNFC Reims winner John Wiseman in 15th & 29th open. Davie Glen of Forfar is 17th 18th & 30th with the Dundee partnership of Murray and Ramsay in 21st open Jim McCafferty follows them with Forfar David J Liddle in 23rd place Stewart Davie of Dundee is 25th with Kenny Droog & son of Forfar in 27th place and Gordon Telfer makes up the top 30 by winning 28th open.
Traprain Homing Society
News from John Baillie who writes, ‘Hi Joe, Traprain members sent 421 birds to the Newark race with race controller John Parry having the birds away at 06-15am with no wind at the race point. Back to the winning position is Sinclair Thomson & son with a yearling, bred in Sinclair's stock loft from the best of Taylor Brother's Herman Ceusters. In 2nd place is the partnership of Karen Newcombe & Ian Black, with their timer a 2 year old late bred which was 13th open Billericay with the SNRPC. On the sires side is Phil Bond ‘Gribbles Choice’ and ‘Kardale Style’ and ‘Lothian Lass’. While on the dams side is G & C Cooper's ‘Farmer Jack’ and R Meirlaen lines. Strange race Joe with quite a few birds missing on the Saturday night but a few working home on the Sunday. Many thanks once again Joe yours John B’.
Pentland Hills Federation
News from Andy Miller with the Newark result, a distance of 210-222 miles for the members with 13 clubs sending 2069 birds. Race controller and federation president Tony Young gave the go ahead to liberate the convoy with virtually no wind at the race point. Winning 1st New Lothian and Federation is the aforementioned Tony himself, who timed his yearling widowhood cock doing a velocity of 1365 bred by Tony’s mate Mick Shanley from Lemington in Newcastle and is of the Heinz 57 variety. This pigeon was also a handy youngster last season scoring a few times for Tony. D & J Allen of Woodburn club are 2nd (1364 velocity) 3rd & 9th open with club mates Brown & Black in 4th & 8th places. F Robertson of Danderhall is 5th & 6th with club mates Willie Kinnear & son in 7th spot. Willie Pryde & son John of Arniston are 10th open.
Club winners are as follows;
Danderhall 539 birds; Young 1365 F. Robertson 1357 F. Robertson 1356
Woodburn 81 birds; Allen 1364 Allen 1362.7 Brown & Black 1362.4
Arniston 215 birds; W Pryde & Son 1342 1341 & 1322
Edinburgh Premier 134 birds; Gilchrist 1338 1319 & 1315
Sighthill 103 birds; Miller 1336 Girdwood 1321.15 Girdwood 1321.10
Castlebrae 59 birds; L. Mitchell 1319 Willis 1312 A Mitchell 1310
Bonnyrigg 141 birds; Smith 1305 Simpson 1293 Stark & Benson 1289
Easthouses 124 birds; G. Thomas 1302 Lang 1275 Sanderson 1231
Rosewell 59 birds; Mackie 1294 G. Tytler 1239 Mackie 1226
Edinburgh West 55 birds; Lamb 1288 Lamb 1266 Smith 1225
Loanhead 38 birds; Murray 1124 Williamson 1119 Anderson 1084
New Lothian 31 birds;
Traprain 421 birds; Thomson 1362 Newcombe & Black 1360 McLeod 1358
Others 47 birds;
The New Lothian RPC
Had 56 members sending 1302 birds; with the winner Tony Young of Danderhall club who timed in a yearling cock (see above Pentland Hills report) to win £168-90 for his efforts. D & J Allen of Woodburn are 2nd 3rd & 9th winning £261 for their efforts. 4th & 8th are Brown & Black of the same Woodburn club with F Robertson of Danderhall in 5th & 6th places. Willie Kinnear & son of the same Danderhall club are 7th with Willie Pryde & son John from Arniston winning 10th & 11th open accomplishing £348-70 for their efforts.
North of Scotland Federation
News from George Duthie with news of the Alnwick old bird result flown on 25th May were 77 members sent 1302 birds with the east section 35 members sending 674 birds these were liberated into a light north wind. The east section members took the first 18 open positions with the only west section winner making the top 20 in the open is G Wilson of Devern Valley in 19th open position. Taking the first 3 places plus 6th open is A W Buchan of Fraserburgh & District club with the first 3 yearlings. Ian Gibb of the same club is 4th 5th 11th & 12th open with G Findlay of Peterhead & District in 7th & 8th positions. R H Whyte of the same Peterhead club is 9th & 10th open with R Barclay of Fraserburgh West End club in 13th spot. Stuart Maskame of Peterhead is 14th with his club mate Chris Donaldson taking the next 3 positions. Colin McRae of Fraserburgh & District is 18th with G Findlay of Peterhead and District in 20th open. The west section had 42 members sending 628 birds with G Wilson of Devern Valley in 1st 8th & 9th west section 19th 38th & 39th places. A J Reid of Keith club is 2nd 3rd 4th 6th & 7th west section 29th 31st 34th 36th & 37th open. J Abel of Devern Valley is 5th west section 35th open and R Wilson from Keith club makes up the top 10 in the west section and also wins 40th open.
Clubs First Bird
A W Buchan of Fraserburgh & District; G Findlay of Peterhead & District; R Barclay of Fraserburgh West End; G Wilson of Devern Valley; Eric & Nicky Yule of Inverurie; A J Reid of Keith; B & N Hadden of Elgin & District; R Bain of Buckie & District; B Stewart of Forres, Nairn & Inverurie. Well done to A W Buchan on topping the federation and to G Wilson on winning the West Section.
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