We were hoping to host the second annual revived Lords v Commons Pigeon Race from Bletchley Park on Wednesday 19th June, but unfortunately – due to the inclement weather forecast – we have taken the decision to postpone the race.
The pigeons’ welfare has to come first, and the current forecast suggests that conditions would be unsuitable. Taking into consideration the organisation requirements we could not delay the decision any further, and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. With the permission of Bletchley Park we will attempt to hold the race at a later date.
The race was revived in 2018 after a 90 year hiatus. Each bird entered was designated to an MP or peer, with Prime Minister Theresa May sponsoring five pigeons.
The winning bird was sponsored by Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, making its flight back home to Hemsworth in 2 hours 4 minutes 46 seconds. The winning trainer, Mr Pickard, is seen right receiving the trophy from Chris Gordon.
The race is competed by members of the Barnsley & District SR Federation, Barnsley Federation of Racing Pigeons, Mid Yorkshire Combine and Waterloo 2 Bird Club.
Capacity for the race is limited to 1000 pigeons, and the race distance is approximately 120 miles.
Look out for the rearranged date for 2019 soon.