The Bednall Archive
Last updated: 28/07/2007
Sam had his successes, winning several gold medals but no records of his wins have so far been found and the gold medals can tell us nothing, for he had to sell them in the difficult times of the early 30s. The only tangible piece of evidence of Sam's pigeon racing success is his replica of the Thurso Cup, which he said was won by a red checker hen, which had either eggs or young and flew straight into the loft when it arrived home, rather than hanging about outside, out of reach, as racing pigeons sometimes did and do.
Sam's pigeons won the race on more than one occasion in succession and he had a good chance of winning the cup outright (3 successive wins), unfortunately he had recently married and was so short of money that he couldn't afford to pay the race fee. Although he was still able to enter his pigeon in the race, his bird's results were not taken into account in awarding the prizes. He took it philosophically, his only comment in a letter he wrote to his wife (in a nursing home having just given birth to their first child was "Thurso cup gone never mind, average medal gone never mind, there's sunshine after rain and all will be fine in a while."
**Clubs in the Federation: Radford Homing Society; Radcliffe Flying Club; Bulwell Homing Society; Mansfield Road North Flying Club; Nottingham Flying Club; Old Basford Flying Club; Newark Excelsior Homing Society; Newark Social Flying Club; and the Stapleford & Sandiacre Homing Society.
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AWBednall, Macclesfield 2004-2007