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 pigeons at the Royal Loft, Sandringham, and Her Majesty being Patron of the RPRA.
Superb work by the East Midlands Region Secretary Dudley Holmes arranged that several local fanciers – namely Bob Lawton (Wolferton club secretary), and Pete and Clare Garwood along with their son Scott (also a young fancier) – attended with pigeons to release.
The morning was great fun! Even though we all had to get up at 4.30am to make sure we were there for 5.45am to meet the show producers ahead of filming. The presenter Gethin Jones interviewed both Stewart and Scott with the finale being the release of the pigeons.
So well did the pigeons go down with the ITV producers that they have promised to get a longer “pigeon slot” on a future programme!