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Pigeons in War at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Racing pigeons were well represented at the International Balloon Fiesta held in Bristol. Over 300,000 visitors were forecast to attend (although the weather on Sunday may impact on the final number). A large number of these visited the BBC Learning World War 1 ‘compound’ and saw the Pigeons in War exhibition.

Friday saw Jonathan Adams and Stewart Wardrop from the RPRA offices manning the pigeon loft, while on Saturday Stewart was joined by Terry Dimond, who also manned the stand through all the wind and rain on Sunday!

Our special thanks to Stuart Wilcox who provided the pigeons on all three days, for both display in the pigeon loft and most importantly for the message-carrying releases, which included the pigeon being filmed as it arrived back at the loft with the message. This was then shown on the giant public TV screen and read out to the waiting audience.

All in all, a great advertisement for the heroic exploits of Pigeons in War.

Click on a thumbnail below to see images of the event.

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