English icons of pigeon racing Geoff & Catherine Cooper – Peasedown St John (UK)
This was to prove to be a very significant weekend because by the time that I had managed to get hold of them they had achieved a lifelong ambition to win a National Flying Club race after umpteen near misses. This explains why the home telephone was so busy on the Saturday with a host of friends and fellow fanciers
eager to offer congratulations. I added my own congratulations on the Sunday morning when I spoke to Catherine for their magnificent NFC win from Tarbes. I was told that both she and especially Geoff were absolutely elated to have succeeded in Geoff’s lifelong ambition. She confided that Geoff had thought that he would always be the ‘bridesmaid but never the bride’. This was in reference to so many near misses on this occasion though they really hit the target with a full bull’s eye.
So we were soon on our way to Peasedown to meet and interview one of the ‘icons’ of UK pigeon racing. For anyone thinking that I exaggerate please look at the Cooper acing ‘list of honour’ which accompanies this piece. I would if I may like to ‘cherry pick’ the fact that their loft has won the L A Baker Trophy outright for winning the Best Averages from the NFC’s Sections C, D & G an astounding seven times. If that doesn’t earn you an ‘iconship’ then I don’t know what does!
Before visiting them I was already very aware that they were a successful team. During the visit to Peasedown though I came to fully appreciate the vast amount of top National and Classic club results which the Cooper pigeons have accumulated, not only for Geoff and Catherine but also for an impressive list of other fanciers, most of whom are well known within the pigeon world.
My hope is that with the help of the RP Pictorial we can make fanciers more aware of the pigeons of Geoff & Catherine Cooper. I will also attempt to give you an insight into the reasons why Geoff has been such a successful fancier for over 30 years.
So lets look a little into Geoff’s early and informative years. Born and raised in the locality young Master Cooper was always interested in wildlife. While still a young boy he was introduced to racing pigeons by his uncle. Soon a loft was built in the back garden of his parents farmhouse in Peasedown. Great pleasure but no real successes came from these birds. Geoff though said, “That they enabled him to learn his trade and acquire stock sense.” Geoff continued that, “I really enjoyed my pigeon racing but when I competed in longer races the birds were either late or got lost. This soon brought home the fact that to succeed in pigeon racing you must have good pigeons.” So Geoff got some pigeons from Reg Venner of Street who at the time was flying very well in the long distances and was without doubt the best fancier in the area.
The wisdom of Geoff’s decision was ambly revealed in 1976 when Geoff won 1st Section, 2nd Open British Barcelona Club from Palamos in 1976 with a mealy hen ‘Spanish Princess’. The birds were liberated on Friday morning and ‘Princess’ homed at 7.30 on the Saturday evening. She had flown two full days in very hot weather a distance of 750 miles. Four years later a direct daughter of ‘Princess’ won 1st Section, 6th Open BBC Palamos. Incredibly ‘Maiden’ was mother to a young cock which won 1st Section, 2nd Open Rennes. This cock in turn bred a hen amed ‘Silver’ which won 2nd and 3rd Section in NFC Pau races. Geoff believes that this proved that good pigeons bred good pigeons. “The old Venner blood is still in my loft and Brian Sheppard’s pigeon ‘Legend’ the 1st International Dax winner is part bred down from these birds,” continued Geoff with obvious pride.
In 1981 Geoff went over to Belgium on a trip.
This was an eye opener to Geoff because prior to the visit he believed that English pigeons and fanciers were the best. Geoff told me that the trip was an education and he was smitten by the results of the birds of Andre Vermote of Ostend and Emiel Deweerdt of Kortemarke who was winning top National prizes.
This resulted in two birds being purchased off Vermote with the intention of purchasing two off Deweerdt and using them as a cross, unfortunately the price was too high for Geoff to afford them off Emiel Deweerdt. Geoff was determined to stick to his principles of only buying the best birds available, refusing to compromise and buy cheaper pigeons. So he ordered two birds for the next year which allowed him time to save up for his new introductions.
The following year the two young birds arrived and Geoff could not wait to open the box and examining his ‘future’ blood. I will let Geoff continue, “I took out the first youngster a small hen bred off ‘Filip’ one of Deweerdts base breeders. I was not too impressed by her size to be honest but when I inspected the second young bird my heart hit the floor. He was big, awkward and thoroughly ugly. At the time I thought what have I paid for? The next year I paired my ‘odd couple’ fully expecting to breed rubbish. How could a big ungainly cock like this one be able to breed anything else? After breeding three rounds of youngsters from the pair the cock met with an accident in the loft and killed himself. At the time I was not too upset because I did not like the bird anyway. It was only when the offspring were raced that the ‘odd couple’ showed that they were in factsuperb breeders. One of them was a bird I named ‘Bernard’ which won 1st Combine from Nantes and flew well right through to Pau.
Another was ‘Stumpy’ who also raced through to Pau. A third son was known as the ‘Old Deweerdt Cock’ and he was a super breeder. In fact pigeons down from the original pair were responsible for 1st National Pau for Harding Bros of Bristol.”
Geoff was very impressed with he birds off Emiel Deweerdt and his sons. In 1984 on another visit after their friendship had grown, Emiel said, “We had something special for you Geoff.” It was a daughter from ‘Liesbet’ the 1981 National winner from Barcelona. “To my dismay she was yet another of those big ugly bodied pigeons. I thanked the Deweerdt’s and hid my disappointment.” Once in the Cooper loft she like the previous purchases simply churned out to think maybe judging pigeons by ‘the hand’ is a possible mistake. The final straw was when I borrowed a hen from the late Bob Ashman of Hagley who had won well with the Deweerdt pigeons including 1st & 2nd Midlands National Angouleme. This hen which I called ‘The Ashman Hen’ had won six races including 1st Saintes and 1st Section Pau. Everyone including myself through her the ugliest pigeon ever when in the hand but one in the stock loft she was pure gold. After this I now never judge a pigeon by
hand, shape is a theory like eyesign and so many other opinions. Now I consider only two things, pedigree and performance, and let ‘Mr Basket’ decide.” This I believe is a common sense and sensible ay of selecting good racing pigeons as a loose analogy, were Linford Christie or Paula Radcliffe selected for England because of their eye or body shape? Of course not it was for one reason – because they win races. So Geoff’s opinion is pedigree and performance, which is based on facts not any theory. Geoff laughed and told me that years ago he was an avid believer in eyesign and he said that he had files with photos of hundreds of birds and that he had spent many hours studying the eye theory. He chuckled, “Now I can’t even see the eye without my spectacles and consider it not really relevant.”
I was by now ‘champion at the bit’ to get and see the birds. So when Geoff said, “Would you like to have a look at my breeders?” I thought, “Do bees make honey?” So off we went into Geoff and Catherine’s lovely garden. Catherine says, “That it is very low maintenance,” but I am sure she spends quite a lot of time keeping it in its present condition. We were told that the 80 foot loft is a new construction. Brick built and rendered with a pantiled roof it is a credit to Geoff who told us that it was mainly self built and “nearly killed him” but that he is now very pleased with the end product which is a real credit to him and looks grand at the top of his elevated garden facing south and overlooking the Somerset countryside. I commented that, “I bet you can see the birds coming from miles away,” to this Geoff chuckled and replied, “Not usually I’mlooking but they just seem to appear from nowhere.”
Once inside I saw that all sections had grille flooring with the continental hardwood slated panels and that it was all decked out with Hermes self cleaning nest boxes and young bird perches and it all looked a treat. I asked, “Do you like the boxes?” The reply was, “Well they were expensive but I thought that I would treat myself and I must say I really love them, it makes life so much easier.” As we looked the loft over Geoff explained that his biggest fear had always been as to the ventilation as it was so important to get it right. But he said that he is very pleased with the end result. The only downside he felt and he was candidly honest was that he thought that some of his older birds had ‘lost their love of home’ just a little and that his loses had been higher than normal this season. I understand what he means as pigeons like most animals simply hate change even when its for the better. We humans are very similar, pointing to ETS as an example of this.
I think that Geoff is a little too critical here as this season has been what the politicians would describe as ‘very testing’. Personally I would label 2008 as ‘bloody awful’ racing wise with so many wet or north easterly winds. Geoff laughed and said, “It seems odd to say that my birds have lost a bit of love of home because of the new loft with two National wins with 1st British International Championship Club from Falaise and now 1st National Flying Club Tarbes.” At that we all laughed and I thought I wish my birds hated my loft as much as Geoff and Catherine’s, if it would result in two 1st Nationals.
As we entered into the stock section I believe we found out the reasons the loft has been so amazingly successful and can be answered in two words – the birds. The more complete answer though is in the quality of the pigeons. As explained previously Geoff has never been afraid of getting out his wallet to purchase the very best stock totally regardless of the initial cost being prepared, if necessary, to save up the funds. The rewards are sitting in every nest box with the likes of ‘Titch’, ‘Farm Boy’, ‘Bernard’, ‘Emiel II’, and so many more super quality pigeons which are bred out of generations of superb long distance performers. You must remember that Emiel Deweerdt got his birds mainly from Charles Van Der Espt. Emiel Deweerdt went to Van Der Espt after a stay in hospital when everyday he watched Van Der Espt’s birds exercising as he lay in his bed. Van Der Espt let Emiel have the very best of his Stichelbaut based bloodlines. So it is no real surprise that these pigeons gave fantastic results on the long flights. All long distance fanciers will be well aware that Alois Stichelbaut’s pigeons are in the pedigrees of many champions right up to the present time. Lets not kid ourselves its very simple the very best of stock when looked after well will do what comes naturally – win top prizes. It’s not ‘rocket science’. Geoff knows it and he doesn’t worry about shape or size or colour, its pedigree and performance, plus of course an honest man writing out the pedigree.
I have digressed somewhat. Both ‘JW’ and ‘George’ are now in the stock loft also after winning 1st BICC Falaise and 1st NFC Tarbes respectively. I was very fortunate to be able to handle many of Geoff and Catherine’s fantastic breeders. As expected they are very similar in both looks and shape, dark chequer is the dominant colour with the odd slightly pied or white flighted bird. In the hand the similarity is very evident. Though some show slightly more keel than others and one or two show a variation in size, predominantly the inmates are large to medium size with a strong bone structure which is so necessary to compete in long testing races.
While I would not describe the pigeons as beautiful looks wise, they do exhibit an air of both curiosity and intelligence.
Though Geoff says that he no longer puts any great store in eyesign, believe me the Cooper/Deweerts have excellent eyes and push all the required buttons. With strong dark colours, loads of character in the eye and eyesign in abundance. I would not stake my life on it but I cannot remember seeing a light wishy washy eye during my visit. The hens were particularly similar with the predominant dark chequer rich colour and nut brown eyes. I put a rather unfair question to Geoff by asking him which he considered his best breeder? This made him huff and puff a little and I could tell that he was stumped by my question. Finally he said, “Well my favourite is ‘Farm Boy’ but that is more to do with his character than his breeding ability. To be truthful I could not really answer the question. I suppose ‘Titch’ has bred the most winners but he is now 14 years old so many of the younger birds could actually produce more good pigeons, I can’t really say.” I was quite impressed with Geoff’s honest answer. One thing I did pick up on was the fact that though ‘Titch’ is a 1994 bred pigeon he is still fertile, a sure sign of the family’s longevity which is a trait of good long distance pigeons. It would I feel be a good thing to look at ‘Titch’s’ racing CV, which highlights the fact that the Cooper’s birds are birds for all ‘seasons’ as he is a winner from start to finish. Winning three times from 100 miles right through to Pau which is well over 500 miles up to Peasedown. Birds like these are like gold, very hard to find and very precious. They are the type of pigeon which all back garden fanciers need. Dual purpose pigeons which will be up with the leaders inland and over the Channel and are extremely rare like ‘rocking horse do do’ in fact.
As I wrote earlier, ‘JW’ and ‘George’ are now in the breeding loft having just been coupled to two excellent hens. ‘JW’ is a very nice handling bird with several good results to his name including 26th NFC Saintes and 9th NFC Dax before winning 1st BICC Falaise in 2008. So he has very little to prove. ‘George’ is now living the life of luxury after helping Geoff and Catherine to fulfil the dream. I bet Geoff thinks back to the original pair which raised so much doubt as to the wisdom of his purchases. He now knows that it was money very well spent which has repaid his bold move one hundred times over.
I asked Geoff as we moved from the breeders, how did the Vermote cross work out? And in his own honest style he told me, “It was a mistake, though the Vermote birds were good pigeons using them as I intended as a cross to build my own family just did not work.” I pushed things a little further by asking but didn’t the Deweerdt family use the Vermote birds as a cross and was it not successful? “That is true,” explained Geoff, “But they only used the Vermote birds as an injection into their family. So it was put in then the successful offspring were put straight back into the Deweerdt gene pool and the Vermote blood was then diluted into the dominant base blood. That is what I should have done.” I thought about this one long and hard after the conversation and by using two separate families of pigeons and crossing them you are really just producing hybrid vigour from what is, and I use the term loosely, a created mongrel breed which may fly very well in the first generation but thereafter you have nowhere to go if the bird is not put back into one side of the base family.
That is why the fanciers like Geoff Cooper who have a family of pigeons stay at the top for years and not just burst on the scene like a firework, soon go out never to be seen again. A good friend of mine from Belgian calls these fanciers ‘one summer butterflies’, very beautiful but only lasting for one season.
We then moved on into the young bird section and it was like mirror images, with 90% of the birds dark ones. I enquired what does the future hold for these pigeons? Geoff explained that he only races the cocks as old ones at the present so the hens go to as many races as can be found from across the Channel, so that he can thoroughly test them. The cocks though, he continued, have things a little easier with probably a single Channel crossing or no crossing at all for selected birds. This selection is once again by pedigree only and not by the hand selection process. I asked Geoff about his system with young birds. I was told that from an early age he likes the babies to beoutside which he believes gets them prepared for the perils of life with hawks etc, which he finds by getting
them out early in life helps make them ‘streetwise’ as he puts it. Also he finds that this keeps losses off the loft to a minimum as the irds spend a lot of time striking off and get to know the area far better than birds with restricted exercise periods. They are fed with Versele Laga Sport mix with barley added which Geoff believes in good pigeon food and a good appetite indicator as they only pick up barley when their appetite is good. So when they stop picking up the barley the feeding is stopped. In this way the young birds get enough food but not too much. We moved on to the widower sections where the cocks were resting ready for the future races or should that be ‘battles’ because that is how 2008 has been with so many very hard races. I asked Geoff about his feeding and he said we use Versele Laga and Willsbridge sports food mixing them and adding bits of this and that, so that the balance of carbs, fats and protein is right. Peanuts are used but only if the source is known and trusted. Geoff said, “In the past I stopped using peanuts because of fear of toxins etc, but providing I know it is of sound quality then peanuts are an excellent source of energy and fats.”
“Tell me about ‘George’?”
I asked. Catherine explained, “He is named ‘George’ after a friend, George Ridge from North Devon, who was there when ‘George’ won 2nd Section from Bordeaux in 2006. So that’s how he got his name.” On the day of the Tarbes National race George Ridge was again at Geoff and Catherine’s home. Geoff said that, “The winner would do 53mph by his calculations,” and off he went to prepare for the arrivals, and that there were food and water in the pots. Suddenly ‘George’ dropped from nowhere and stood on the dropboard trembling and looking to quote Catherine in “brilliant” condition. In no time he flew over Geoff’s shoulder and into his box, taking Geoff by complete surprise. On inspection ‘George’s’ wattles were reddened having encountered some adverse weather but the partners were delighted by his overall condition, confident he could have flown on without any problems. Catherine said, “That it was a long wait after being told that we were the leading verification expecting to hear they had been beaten by further flying pigeons. So it was a great feeling to be confirmed as thewinners of 1st Section, 1st Open Tarbes. The dream has been achieved, we are all thrilled to bits.” I asked about his previous racing record and its ‘pretty damn’ impressive, 42nd BBC from Saran, 30th BBC from Carlisle when the club briefly sent North Road. Proving that ‘George’ had a good head on his shoulders. He then went on to win 150th Central Southern Classic Club Cholet; 2nd Section, 102nd Open Bordeaux with the NFC; 207th National Tarbes and 130th CSCFC Fougeres. So as you can see he is an excellent pigeon and part of a family capable of winning from 60-600 miles.
His sire is a brother of ‘JW’ the 2008 BICC Falaise winner who is a son off ‘Titch’ which was mentioned previously. His grandmother is a Deweerdt pigeon being a daughter of ‘Boris’ which won 38th International from Perpignan. The mother of ‘George’ is a sister to ‘Mr Consistent’ which won 5th NFC Dax and 37th International Dax. She is bred from ‘Emiel III’ a son of ‘Emiel’ winner of 1st International Bordeaux. Her mother is a sister of ‘Nicholls’ 3rd NFC Pau and 4th CSCC Bergerac and ‘21’ an excellent racer breeder and also ‘Fiddle’ 2nd Perpignan and 9th Pau both with the BICC. All I can say is what fantastic breeding. Endorsing everything which Geoff believes in. Talk about ‘apples and the trees’.
I asked Geoff about his system and he said basic, simple Widowhood. The first pairing takes place in January with a round of young birds taken. The birds are then paired and repaired at the end of March. They sit for four-six days with the hens then removed. Then its exercise twice a day and a couple of training tosses. The birds are then ready to race. Geoff explains that he doesn’t normally show the hens before a race, but never lets them down on their homecoming with their hen waiting in the box. Geoff thinks this keeps the birds calmer while in the basket, so reducing the stress factor.
I asked how far the yearlings are expected to fly. The answers was 300-400 miles. This is dependent on how hard the 300 mile race is. The two year olds up to 450 miles normally if the racing is easy. Some may go to 500 miles, it all depends on the season. Three year olds are expected to go to Tarbes, Dax or Pau. Geoff is a little concerned at the lack of longer distance young bird races as most clubs only compete from top end of the Peninsula from Picauville or Lessay. With this in mind High Littleton Pigeon Club is due to hold a race organised by Geoff from Tours which is 300 miles to Geoff’s loft. This imaginative race will test the very best pigeons. The race is planned to be open to all of England and Wales I believe. Geoff told me that apart from good birds three other things are necessary, they are health, fitness and motivation. If the birds are looked after health is not a problem. Sound corn, grit and a good loft will enable good health. This in turn is the building block for fitness because healthy birds just love to fly so fitness will soon be achieved. Motivation is down to you the fancier. There are many ways to encourage a fit bird to race. That though is down to your imagination. Simple things can motivate a pigeon, a new perch, a hiding place, access to a fresh nest box. I could not help but notice Geoff’s widow hens and what a cracking lot they looked, bright eyed, tight feathered. I am sure that they would give the cocks a run for their money if they were afforded the opportunity. That is the problem with Widowhood, it wastes so many good hens and the Coopers have some beauties, believe me. When back in the conservatory I asked Catherine how the partnership worked. She told me that Geoff is the manager and she just helps out when she is needed. Then reminded me that she is a busy lady who loves to paint. Several of her paintings are hung on the walls. The pigeon portraits are superb but the picture of their young son when he was just a toddler is my favourite. It captures everything and I am sure that it will be treasured for years to come.
Catherine certainly is a very talented lady.
Proof of the couples love of animals is present with a Jack Russell dog, a large aquarium with a super collection of tropical fish and ‘Fredo’ the parrot who is a very good talker. He is always telling you when he is hungry. In my opinion animals help to make a house a real home and the Cooper’s must think likewise.
It was a real delight to spend time with a lovely couple who have just fulfilled their outstanding ambitions. When I commented on this Geoff said not quite, I would now love to win an International. That’s a tall order but as they had a hand in their friend Brian Sheppard’s pigeon ‘Legend’ which won 1st International Dax and Mark Gilbert’s ‘Southfield Supreme’ which repeated the feat, not so long after, I for one would not put it past the Coopers if they made it a hat-trick of International UK victories. One thing is certain they have the tools to do it!
The Roll of Honour
National Flying Club
This is the largest National club in the UK. Open to all fanciers in the UK. The UK is divided into Sections (Provinces). Section G is one of the largest in area as well as members.
2nd, 3rd, 6th, 10th Section G Bordeaux
1st Section G Nantes
2nd & 3rd Section G Nantes
5th, 6th, 15th Open Nantes
3rd, 4th Section G Nantes
6th & 8th Open Nantes
2nd Section G Nantes
1st, 2nd, 6th Section G Bordeaux
7th Open Bordeaux
9th, 15th Open Saintes
1st Section G Saintes
3rd Open Saintes
1st, 4th, 6th Section G Pau
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th Section G Pau
9th, 11th, 12th Open Pau
2nd Section G Pau
3rd Section G Pau
7th Open Pau
3rd, 4th Section G Pau
1st Section G Pau
3rd Open Pau
2nd, 3rd Section G Dax
7th, 12th Open Dax
4th, 5th Section G Rennes
1st Section G Sartilly
3rd Section G Sartilly
1st, 4th Section G Sartilly
1st, 2nd, 4th Section G Pontorson
1st, 2nd Section G Guernsey
9th Open Guernsey
2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 24th Section G Dax
3rd, 5th, 16t, 20th, 48th, 58th, 104th Dax
12th, 37th International Dax
93rd International Hens
4th, 7th, 15th, 34th, 45th Section G Saintes
7th, 13th, 26th, 65th, 103rd Open Saintes
Certificate of Merit Winner and now 1st Section, 1st Open Tarbes
Winner of all applicable Average trophies, winning the L A
Baker Trophy outright (best average all races Sections C, D &G) seven times in total.
British Barcelona Club
This is a smaller National club, with its main race from Spain.
1st, 2nd Section C Sennen Cove
2nd Open Sennen Cove
1st Section C Rennes
2nd Open Rennes
4th Section C Lamballe
6th Open Lamballe
2nd Section C Nantes
2nd Open Nantes
1st Section C Nantes
2nd Open Nantes
3rd Section C Nantes
1st Section C Palamos
2nd Open Palamos
1st Section C Palamos
6th Open Palamos
6th Section C Nantes
10th Open Nantes
British International Championship Club
This club races the full International programme.
1st National Falaise (2005)
1st, 2nd, 3rd Guernsey National
2nd Pau National, 350th International
2nd Perpignan, 86th International Perpignan
1st Section, 2nd Open Perpignan National
1,410th International Perpignan
The only fancier in UK to record six birds on an Open
International result, Dax 2003 and again in 2004.
1st Romsey Guernsey
1st, 2nd & 3rd Wimborne Guernsey
West of England SR Combine
A Combine of over 30 clubs racing into the south west ofEngland.
1st Hexham • 1st Littlehampton • 1st Plymouth
1st Truro • 1st Cherbourg • 1st Guernsey
1st Nantes • 1st Nantes
Central Southern Classic
3rd Section, 19th Open Ramsgate
3rd, 5th Section, 6th Open Bergerac
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th NW Section Guernsey
3rd NW Section Guernsey
3rd, 4th NW Section Guernsey
5th, 6th Open Guernsey
1st, 2nd, 3rd NW Section Rennes
1st, 2nd NW Section Rennes
6th, 9th Open Rennes
2nd NW Section Rennes
3rd NW Section Rennes
2nd, 3rd NW Section Dinard
2nd NW Section Nantes
2nd NW Section Nantes
3rd, 4th NW Section Nantes
1st NW Section Nantes
2nd Open Nantes
1st NW Section Nantes
5th Open Nantes
1st, 2nd, 4th NW Section Nantes
1st, 2nd, 6th Open Nantes
3rd NW Section Nantes
10th Open Nantes
1st, 3rd NW Section Saintes
5th, 7th Open Saintes
2nd NW Section Saintes
2nd Open Saintes
3rd NW Section Bergerac
2nd NW Section Bergerac
4th Open Bergerac
3rd NW Section Pau
10th Open Pau
2nd NW Section Pau
6th Open Pau
This list of results does not cover any local club results as there are too many prizes to list.
My family of birds are responsible for many top National and Classic (including 1sts) and International pigeons for other fanciers, including 1st International.
Prize winning National and Classic pigeons bred from Geoff Cooper’s family of Cooper x Deweerdt pigeons.
‘Ashgrove King’ 1st Open NFC Pau for Harding Bros
‘Scott’s Boy’ 1st Open NFC Saintes for Stan Dangerfield
‘Court Out’ 1st Open Pau Classic for Witney & Reed
‘Morning Glory’ 2x2nds Open Pau NFC for Paul Kendall
‘The Narrow Cock’ 2nd National BICC Dax, 10th NFC Pau for G & M Gilbert
‘Southfield Supreme’ 1st International Dax, 1st NFC Dax forMark Gilbert (‘Daybreak’ lines)
1st Perth Classic for John Haynes
1st Guernsey YB Classic for John Haynes
‘Cooper Boy’ 2x2nds Open MNFC for Richard Boylin
1st National BICC Pau for Kevin Hitchcock
‘Birthday Boy’ 1st Section E NFC Nantes for Alan Thompson
1st Section F NFC for Nigel Finch
1st Section MNFC Saintes for Hand Bros of Stoke on Trent