Secretary’s Weekly Report
It was with great sadness to hear of the sudden death of our friend and fellow member Fred McCluskey. Fred was a giant character in the North East sport of racing pigeons. He took his role of President in the UNC very seriously and showed real leadership despite the many difficulties encountered. He was patient and determined to get things right but knew change was not going to be easily accomplished and always had the wider membership best interests at heart. From our club perspective I will miss his sound advice and friendship.
Condolences to his family at this sad time. Rest in Peace Fred.
After a 6 day holdover the birds were liberated on Wednesday the 7th. And what a mixed result we experienced. Watching the race play out on the NFC website I was confident that we had every chance of seeing birds on the day although early nightfall and darkness would be a major hazard.
It was therefore brilliant news when word came through that John and Steven Best at Stockton had timed an old hen just before 7.00pm.
1st, John Best & Son, Stockton. They followed this up next morning with 4 more birds to also take 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th Club. Winning Section N for the second time this season.
In 4th and 5th club with 2 excellent timers is Brian Wiemer, at Hartlepool .
Jim Nicholson at South Shields timed 2 birds later on Thursday morning to take 9th and 10th club.
The Young Bird race was a different kettle of fish with no birds on the day it was the ever consistent loft of Dave McSween and Jim Sexton at Sunderland who grabbed the glory of taking 1st Club 1st Section N.
2nd Jim Nicholson of South Shields
3rd Malcolm, Heslington and Jones of Wingate
Well done to everyone who got birds home and congratulations again to John & Steven Best and Dave Mcsween & Jim Sexton on winning the Vanrobaey Sponsorship prizes.
Please remember our pay-out night will take place on Wednesday the 19th October. Bar open at 7.00pm for an 8.00pm kick-off. This is a night not to be missed make sure that you don’t miss it. Would last year’s Trophy winners get them back to Jeff or me in next 2 weeks. Thanks again.
Off on hols next couple of weeks so Jeff, will keep you apprised of any important developments.
Bob Mckie/Jeff Walton