Final old bird race of the season

PUBLISHED: 16:13 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 11 July 2017

Wraxall Village Club birds took part in the final and longest old bird race of the season from France.

The final and longest, old bird race of the season saw Wraxall Village Club birds liberated from Bergerac (France) facing an 500-mile flight to reach their home lofts.

Liberated at 5.45am, members hopeful of a return on the same day were left waiting until the following morning. The winning bird, a three-year-old cock bird, went to Portishead members Garth and Valerie Watkins, timing in at 11.22am.

Seven members sent 22 birds: Garth & Valerie Watkins, 626 yards per minute; Wyatt & Gray 594.

Congratulations must also go to Wraxall members Wyatt and Gray for their previous week’s racing, when they entered into a race open to all pigeon fanciers in England. The pair won the South West section with their bird flying a distance of 570 miles from Tarbes, France.

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