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Blast from the Past

Brian Cheetham of Irlam, Manchester, sent us this photo of members of Cadishead DFC, Eccles & Winton HS and Flixton & Urmston FC setting out on a coach trip to the first Show of the Year at Worcester Racecourse in January 1972. Brian is now nearly 80 years old but still maintains an interest in pigeons. […]

Pigeon Lung – advice from BPFMRT

Advice from the British Pigeon Fanciers Medical Research Team on Pigeon Lung (Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis) In the same way as some pet owners are allergic to their pets, e.g. cats, dogs or horses, some pigeon owners are allergic to their pigeons. The allergic reaction affects the small air exchanging sacs in the lung (alveoli) and causes […]

The Homing Instinct

In this documentary from Meerkat Films, two old friends and rival pigeon racers are preparing for the big race of the season. Set in the North East of England where Maurice’s allotment is home to the world’s only listed pigeon Cree, the ageing miners embark on what could be their last season together. Jackie and […]

An 18th Century Bet Proven!

Comedian Tim FitzHigham and a recording crew recently spent two days at the RPRA One Loft in Tewkesbury – trying to prove an 18th Century bet! Tim is making a series of programmes for BBC Radio 4 based around historic sporting bets. Many of his exploits are available on YouTube, including crossing the channel in a bath. The […]

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 […]