Pigeon season off to a flier

Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan
Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

The opening of the 2016 pigeon racing season was greeted by cold northerly winds, much to the discomfort of the waiting fancier and the competing birds.

Only consolation was that the waiting time was kept to a minimum by the strong winds helping the pigeons to return home at speeds of 60mph, in the first week, and 70mph at the weekend.

Results from Driffield:

Boston Central RPC (8-123): 1 Upsall and Grandson 1727, 2 and 3 K. Ward 1676 and 1675, 4,5 and 6 Upsall and Grandson 1664, 1662 and 1634, 7 Kirkman and Weir 1610, 8 Mr and Mrs B. Garnham 1594, 9 Appleby and Dtr 1590, 10 G. and C. Edwards 1562, 11 Upsall and Grandson 1558, 12 K. Ward 1548.

Boston and District FC (9-157): 1 Mr and Mrs B. Garnham 1714, 2 Gough and Reed 1660, 3 J. McFadyen 1632, 4 Gough and Reed 1622, 5 Mr and Mrs Garnham 1619, 6 Gough and Reed 1599, 7 Mr and Mrs Garnham 1598, 8, 9 and 10 Mr and Mrs E. Attwater 1589.885, 1589.546 and 1547, 11 and 12 J. McFadyen 1546 and 1545.

Results from Whitby: Boston and District FC (10-208): 1 and 2 J. McFadyen 2002 and 1994, 3 A. Newton and Son 1945, 4 and 5 Mr and Mrs B. Garnham 1941 and 1924, 6 Gough and Reed 1919, 7 Mr and Mrs Garnham 1916, 8 D. Brackenbury 1901, 9 Mr and Mrs Attwater 1892, 10 D. Brackenbury 1890, 11 J. McFadyen 1888, 12 L.R. Manning 1879.

Boston Central RPC (9-142): 1, 2 and 3 Upsall and Grandson 1 1981, 1979 and 1978.874, 4 and 5 K. Ward 1978.373 (2), 6 Mr and Mrs B. Garnham 1975, 7, 8 and 9 Upsall and Grandson 1962, 1959 and 1952, 10 K. Ward 1947, 11 and 12 Upsall and Grandson 1942 and 1940.