Trevor and Jeanette Griffith of Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, received both the Tony Cornwell and Selby Thomas Trophies at the RPRA Awards Presentations at Blackpool Winter Gardens, thanks to their blue cock ‘Sqn Ldr Ted’.
The bird is named after Trevor’s late father, Squadron Leader Ted Griffith DFC & Bar RAF. Trevor told us: “Ted, who died twenty seven years ago, was responsible for me getting involved in this great sport. He would be extremely proud of the pigeon’s achievements and also of the way that pigeon racing has resulted in the many true friendships which we have made, not only here at home but also further afield.
“Sqn Ldr Ted is the most successful pigeon we have ever had the privilege of racing. We have other pigeons which have won the mighty NIPA with up to 32,000 competing and a National winner, but none compare with the consistency of this pigeon. The photo will hopefully become a piece of family memorabilia which will be past down to future generations. The photo includes myself and my son Martin, we are the present partnership of M & T Griffith.”
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