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High Sunspot Activity…does it affect our racing?

2012 is seeing the peak of the latest sunspot cycle, during which solar storms can wreak havoc with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The articles attached below explain the related phenomena. Do they perhaps also explain the low number of race returns this year? High Sunspot Activity

Hitch-hiking Pigeon

The RPRA’s own Karen James has this story from the weekend: “One of my partner George’s tanker drivers was delivering at Camborne at the weekend and found this little fellow had bagged a ride on his truck. All the drivers are now convinced George has trained our birds to keep an eye on them at […]

Gerry Francis sends England good wishes

Former England football captain and avid pigeon fancier, Gerry Francis, spoke to the Daily Mirror about his pigeons and England’s chances at the Euro 2012 tournament. Read the article here.      

RPRA at ITV Daybreak “Jubilee Jamboree”

A last minute late night phone call and e-mail (9.30pm on Tuesday 29th May) from ITV’s Daybreak programme was made to Stewart Wardrop at the RPRA, requesting a live release of pigeons at Sandringham and West Newton Primary School on Thursday 31st May. The liberation was to be in celebration of The Queen’s association with racing […]

Homer the Pigeon runs well in the Mascot Gold Cup!

As the theme sponsor for this year’s Mascot Gold Cup at Wetherby Racecourse on Thursday 31st May the RPRA entered our own mascot in this famous race – Homer the Pigeon, represented by Mark Pass of Nantwich, Cheshire. This was the seventh running of the Gold Cup, the world’s largest Mascot race, and formed part of a full programme of horse […]

Seth

Seth’s Story

Seth first became interested in pigeon racing in East Sussex, keeping his pigeons in a small garden shed until he was lucky enough to meet an experienced fancier, Brian Fields, who very kindly donated a 12ft loft to him. After reconstructing and painting this loft, Brian put Seth in touch with John Aldred, Secretary of […]

A World War 2 Memory for Young Flyers

Jack Saynor of Sheffield, now 86 years old, would like to share a true wartime story with our young members. Jack lived in Stannington, in a little bungalow at the top of Wood Lane. In 1939, at the start of World War 2, he was 15 years old. Jack recalls “The Police, Army and Air […]

Keeping Healthy in the Loft

Simple precautions can help you enjoy your sport In the same way as some pet owners are allergic to their animals – cats, dogs, horses, etc., some pigeon owners are allergic to their pigeons. This causes a condition called pigeon fancier’s lung, and is caused by the dust from pigeons such as bloom or dry […]