The Crufts of pigeon fancying photo essay
Fanciers from all over Europe gather annually in Blackpool as the top show and racing pigeons compete to be crowned supreme champion. By Christopher Thomond
The British Homing World show of the year, in Blackpool, is one of the largest events in the world for pigeon enthusiasts, and attracts around 25,000 visitors. Sometimes billed as the Crufts of the pigeon community, there are trade stands, talks and films as well as the main event, the showing and judging of thousands of the top birds in the UK. It is also a social event and a chance for pigeon fanciers from various parts of the country to get together.