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Viewing the Valley

Viewing the Valley

An image of Jim Alderson looking over the Skinningrove Valley from his pigeon loft on the south side of the valley about 1960.
Image and information courtesy of Richard Kemp.

Loftus Homing Society Presentation Evening (1949)

Loftus Homing Society Presentation Evening (1949)

Loftus Homing Society at their annual presentation evening in 1949, held in the Angel Inn, Loftus Market Place. The buffalo horns in the rear of the image were displayed as the Angel was used by the Buffs. It was called The Jack Cornwell Lodge after the 16 year old naval seaman who won Victoria Cross, he died as a result of wounds received at the Battle of Jutland May 1916.

Back row (L to R): ??, Shuller Wilson, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ?? , Rob Yeoman, ??, Jack (Lem) Grey.

Middle row (L to R): ??, Jack Hume, ??, ??, ??, William (Bill) Cook, ??, ??, ??.

Front Row, seated (L to R): ??, ??, ??, ??.

(image courtey of Stephen Steyert, with information from Marie Dixon(nee Cook) and Eric Johnson)

Loftus Homing Society Presentation Evening (1950's)

Loftus Homing Society Presentation Evening (1950's)

Loftus Homing Society Presentation evening again at the Station Hotel, Loftus – same place, different time.  The same question as before – who are they?

On the back row 4th from the right is my dad William Cook known as Bill, he won quite a few prizes for his pidgeon racing, we lived at 3, John Street North Road, loftus, I still have 3 of his cups that he won, What a lovely surprise looking through your site and finding my dad,
With Best Wishes. Marie Dixon

Third from the left, back row, is Jack Hume.  Brian Grey is the person holding his belt front row left. Thank you Tony.

The man behind Brian Grey is is dad Jack (Lem) Grey 2nd left  back row Rob Yeoman third right front row Bob Morrison.

(image courtesy of Stephen Steyert)

The Three Johns (1956)

The Three Johns (1956)

Another family of pigeon-fanciers from Skinningrove. Left to right: John (Young Budget) Winspear, John (Jack or Budget) Winspear, John (Old Budget) Winspear. John Winspear advises: ”This is the picture of the bird that came 1st in the Up North Combine race from Welwyn Garden City, September 1956.  The picture was taken on Grove Hill allotment by The Evening Gazette.  The bird was a blue hen.  She was lost unfortunately the following year from one of the channel races.”

Image and information courtesy of John (Young Budget) Winspear.

Jack Hume

Jack Hume

The late Jack Hume outside of his loft (probably the oldest loft in Cleveland, still in use) with – I suspect – his best bird.

(image courtey of Stephen Steyert)

Up North Combine Cormeilles Winner (1960)

Up North Combine Cormeilles Winner (1960)

The late great John Hall’s bird – winner of the ”Up North Combine” Cormeilles (1960).

(image courtey of Stephen Steyert)

Up North Combine Lille Winner (1961)

Up North Combine Lille Winner (1961)

The late great John Hall’s bird – winner of the ”Up North Combine” Lille (1961).

(image courtey of Stephen Steyert)

Up North Combine Luxembourg Winner (1952)

Up North Combine Luxembourg Winner (1952)

The late great John Hall’s bird – winner of the ”Up North Combine” Luxembourg (1952).

(image courtey of Stephen Steyert)

Up North Combine Welwyn Garden City Winner (1953)

Up North Combine Welwyn Garden City Winner (1953)

The late great John Hall’s bird – winner of the ”Up North Combine” Welwyn Garden City (1953).

(image courtey of Stephen Steyert)

John Hall – Pigeon Fancier Supreme

John Hall - Pigeon Fancier Supreme

An image of the late great John Hall himself, with trophies, outside of his loft at Skinningrove.

Eric Johnson tells us: ”John Hall winner of the Up North Combine race from Luxembourg in July 1952, 6734 birds competing, covering 455 miles.”

(image and information courtesy of Stephen Steyert and Eric Johnson)

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