Pigeon racing in Spalding

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Roger Rout is on the committee of Spalding Homing Society and his wife Eileen was secretary for many years.

The club is part of the Central Federation and at one time was dominant in competitions, when it was known as the ‘Golden Mile’.

These days there are two clubs that meet at Spalding’s football field, the Tulips and Spalding Homing Society, as well as one at Moulton and one at Swineshead.

Roger says of the hobby: “If they have just won a race you feel over the top. You can’t get personal favourites because you always lose them but you always feel an emotional attachment. They fly all over and will sit on Eileen’s head.

“I get tremendous pleasure from them. When you see this little bundle fold its wings up after 15 hours on the wing you get a little buzz. Every one of them are our children in some way.”

Roger encourages anyone interested in keeping pigeons to come along to a meeting at the football club on either a Friday or Saturday night (6.30-9pm) from April to September.

He says: “They would be made most welcome and there will always be someone to welcome them and talk to them.”