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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 […]

Starter Package for Young Flyers in Lancashire

Accrington & District Homing Society can offer a new starter package for new entrants wishing to take up the sport. • Loan of two lofts for 18 months to two years. • Loan of timing clock to record the velocity of the racing pigeon when it returns home. • Ten young birds to start racing […]

University of Westminster – Filming at The Reddings

Documentary on Racing Pigeons Helen, Ben and Abi, three BA television students from the University of Westminster, have been at The Reddings producing a documentary about pigeon racing. They are part of a small filming crew which aims to promote awareness and interest in the sport among young people and should end up being a […]

HMYOI Wetherby

Can pigeons help to turn young lives around? Paul Hemmings, an officer at HM Young Offenders Institution Wetherby in Yorkshire, works with 15-18 year olds, sharing his hobby of racing pigeons with them. He gets much pleasure and reward through giving these young people a sense of personal pride and self-respect. When Paul first relocated […]

Kingsmead Technology College, Staffordshire

The school that built its own loft Richard Chambers is a teacher and the loft manager at the Kingsmead Technology College School Pigeon Loft. Here he gives an update on developments at the school: “We have set up a racing pigeon loft at the school to try and encourage more young people into the sport, and […]