UK pigeon fanciers
have formed the national Raptor Alliance to lobby for change in the protection of their racing birds.
LASTING TRIBUTE: Skinningrove Homing Society member Tom Evans, right, is pleased with the village's latest piece of public art, left, which honours pigeon fanciers
, above Pictures by DOUG MOODY
I had no idea there were so many pigeon fanciers
in the area.
But Adam has a hobby that is more associated with his granddad's generation than his ( he's a pigeon fancier
here in the North-East are also some of the best in the country, so it's been great that they have been so generous," he said.
I've known fanciers
spend a fortune trying to win one.
were left shocked today after the latest arson attack on one of their lofts.
But moments after taking the bird, the single father-of-three was forced to hand it back when he was challenged by a neighbouring fancier
who became suspicious.
Prosecutor Nicola Harris said: "In the early hours of the morning a number of bird fanciers
were still in the bar and had consumed a certain degree of alcohol.
A DISABLED pigeon fancier
claims he was told he must kill his beloved birds or face eviction from his council home.
A BIRD fancier
is in a flap over what Gardai are describing as the most bizarre robbery of the year.
James Rawlings may have been killed by a disease picked up from his birds, a coroner said yesterday.
Champion English bird fancier
Mark Lowry was yesterday convicted of attacking one of the canary contest's Scottish judges.
FEATHERS flew at an international canary competition in Wales when a bird fancier
punched one of the judges in the face, a court heard yesterday.
He was caught after advertising the goods he'd stolen - and a pigeon fancier
from the club saw the ad.