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Dennis carries the Olympic Torch

Long-time RPRA member Dennis Sanders of Great Barr, Birmingham, carried the Olympic Torch through the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley when it visited his home city on Saturday 30th June. Dennis, now 75, is an army veteran, and has been releasing white pigeons at military commemorations and memorial services for many years. In fact, HM The Queen […]

Young Fancier features in Radio Documentary

Radio producer Dave Williams has recently created a radio documentary, entitled ‘Fancy That! The Pretender To Pigeon’s Top Perch’, which follows young fancier Joseph Hughes, a 14 year-old from the Merthyr Valley, as he looks to make a name for himself in the world of pigeon racing and breeding. Follow this link to read more and to listen […]

Deadly predators threaten wheelchair user’s sport

Chris Williams, a disabled member of the RPRA in Weymouth, has spoken out about his concerns for the future of his favourite sport. Chris has raced pigeons with his father since he was 12 but says this has been ruined by a growing threat.  He and other local pigeon fanciers say sparrowhawks in Dorset cause […]

Cruising to Canada

This little chap, called Percy and belonging to Bernard Chambers of Cannock, Staffs, was entered in a race from Fougeres on 9th June, but unfortunately didn’t make it home. Rather than flying the 303 miles back to Cannock, it would appear that he landed on a ship and enjoyed a leisurely cruise across the Atlantic, turning […]

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 […]