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I paid for my first pigeon clock out of my paper round money and also all my corn and entry to races were also paid with the money I got from my paper round. Local fanciers would take my two pigeons training when they took their own.


I raced the pigeons in the local pigeon club, Kidlington Flying Club. I paid for my first pigeon clock out of my paper round money and also all my corn and entry to races were also paid with the money I got from my paper round. Local fanciers would take my two pigeons training when they took their own.


But when I was about 13 my uncle got married and moved away, he left me a few pigeons to look after!! I finally talked my Dad into building me my own loft and I became a pigeon fancier. My first birds were gifts from two fanciers one who lived locally who would become a life long friend Bernard Jordon the other was my Nan’s brother who also raced pigeons.


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I took up a great friendship with another pigeon fancier who live locally called Bernard Jordon, I used to visit him a couple of times a week. On a Friday after school I would cycle up to the paper shop where I was a paperboy and collect the racing pigeon paper and take it to Bernard. We would talk about pigeons for a while then would arrange for me to come up Saturday morning after my paper round and help him clean out his pigeons. I became known as his “loft manager” a role I held for nearly 30 years until he died in 2013. I never won a pigeon race but I had some great fun waiting and hoping they would come home. I can remember my first ever pigeon race I entered was from Salisbury it was a young bird race and I sent the two birds that were gifts, a Blue Bar and a Blue Bar Pied.


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