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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Young fanciers honoured at regional awards

WEST Cumbrian Kieran Doyle has been named Young Fancier of the Year for the whole country.Flimby West Coast had 76 entries for their Young Bird show race, and they were judged by Keith Graham.

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Winners: left to right are Kieran Doyle, Owen Adair of Cleator Moor and Richard Donnan.

The 15-year-old Workington schoolboy had already won the Cumbria Region award but has topped that with the main RPRA award.

Derwent Valley Federation secretary Les Blacklock said: “That’s great news for our Federation, for Cumbria and our region. We have two or three youngsters in west Cumbria coming to the fore and that has to be great news, giving everyone a boost.”

Richard Donnan of Workington Victoria won the intermediate young fancier short distance award while there was a special youth award to Owen Adair of Cleator Moor.

All three are members of successful lofts in the Derwent Valley and West Cumberland Federations.

Neil and Geoff Wordsworth of Harrington Central won the category for inland old birds with Bradley, Park and daughter of Millom as runners-up.

The Flimby West Coast loft of Joe and David Hine completed a double winning the category B award for the channel and also the category C award for combined old birds.

Albert Hayton, also a member of the Flimby WC club was runner-up over the channel while Mr and Mrs O’Brien from Barrow were runners-up in the Combined section.

In category D for young birds Brian Lloyd of Askam was the winner with the Workington Social Limit partnership of Williams, sons and grandson taking runners-up.

The Cumbria Combination programme has been agreed, though, with four channel races – Derwent Valley had wanted just three.

Starting on May 25 from Marlborough the Combine will race as follows –

June 1 – Carentan; June 8 – Portsmouth 1; June 15 – Fougeres; June 22 – Portsmouth 2; June 29 – Messac; July 6 – Falaise.

The young bird Combine race will be the last one from Cheltenham on September 14.

Neil and Geoff Wordsworth of the Harrington Central club won the show while David and Joe Hine of the host club were second, third and seventh.

The other tickets went to: 4, 5, Hunter bros; 6, Thomlinson and Banks; 8, Mr and Mrs Wood.

This Sunday Flimby WC will be holding a show race for Carentan. Any age, cock or hen with £5 an entry and ring numbers do not have to be provided.

Workington Victoria FC had 95 entries for their Portsmouth Number One show race in the Union Jack.

Ken Harper, a respected former member of Victoria, judged the pigeons and he gave tickets to the following: 1, Evans and Abraham (nom); 2, R. J. Donnan; 3, 5, B. Irving; 4, Blacklock, sons & Knutdson; 6, Mr and Mrs W. Carter; 7, Mr and Mrs D. Wilson; 8, Mr and Mrs J Hadfield.

The show was sponsored by the Unite Union and the prize money for the race will be: 1st, £120, including Kenny Harper special; 2, £80; 3, £50; 4, £20 and there will be £40 for the nomination.

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