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Olympic Games celebrated with release from Etihad Stadium

To coincide with the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday 27th July, a release of pigeons took place from Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium, thanks to Derek Partridge and assistance from local fanciers. A group of 80 disabled & non-disabled children from Manchester were tasked with the honour of releasing the birds. One of the […]

Show of the Year helps make Josh’s wish come true

The Show of the Year Committee has helped young Joshua Freeman to receive much needed medical treatment in the USA. Just another example of the Show of the Year Committee helping worthy causes. Josh is getting closer to realising his dream of walking, thanks to the generous efforts of fundraisers who have rallied round to bring […]

Leeds or The Bahamas?

Hot on the heels of Percy’s trip to Canada, we’ve had a report of another pigeon going a very long way astray. A 2011 blue cock, belonging to Fred Lock of Leeds, was liberated from Lillers on 26th May, and turned up in The Bahamas some weeks later! On Sunday 16th July the Locks received the following e-mail and […]

Cropthorne with Charlton School

Cropthorne with Charlton CofE First School, near Pershore in Worcestershire, have a bird entered in the 2012 One Loft Race, which has been donated free of charge by John Fretwell of Twyford, near Evesham. John recently visited the school, taking along a number of pigeons and speaking to the pupils about the sport. Alison Paul sent us these […]

‘Doo The Right Thing’ at Dailly Primary School

Members of Carrick & District Homing Society worked closely with workers from South Ayrshire’s Community Safety Team to deliver the latest ‘Doo the Right Thing’ Project. A presentation on pigeon racing was given to the school’s Primary 5 pupils, which consisted of an outline of the history of pigeon racing, names of famous people who […]

Pigeon Impossible!

Watch this brilliant light-hearted film from Martell Animation. At the end there is also a link to some fascinating podcasts on the making of the film, including this one showing how Lucas Martell modelled the pigeon character.

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 […]