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W Degnan & T McKee with their awards

W Degnan & T McKee with their awards

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JOHN HALSTEAD & FERNLEA LOFTS

A sensational sale of modern day winning bloodlines is being planned, writes New Kid on the Block.

Sam Beattie - S Beattie & Dtrs receiving their awards.

Sam Beattie - S Beattie & Dtrs receiving their awards.

The birds are winning at all distances on behalf of two of the best racing lofts in the British Isles - John Halstead “Mr Video Man”, Winner: 35 x 1st Sections in National races 2003 - 2015 and Fernlea Lofts - D & J Campbell & Bigger, undoubtedly one of the top racing partnerships in NI.

Date: Wednesday 30th December 2015 at 8pm. Birds on View: 7pm. Venue: Chimney Corner Football Club, Randalstown Road, Antrim.

JOHN HALSTEAD - John has personally selected an outstanding draft, only 18 lots, of his top winning bloodlines that have won numerous top awards.

FERNLEA LOFTS - Davie and Hugh have also personally selected an outstanding draft, approximately 20 lots, of their top winning bloodlines.

Highest PWinners - Carrick & Dist - Mr & Mrs R Reid.

Highest PWinners - Carrick & Dist - Mr & Mrs R Reid.

All lots will be offered online prior to the auction, with the closing bid online, the opening bid in the live sale room.

JOHN WHITE - NUTT’S CORNER

A major sale of some of the finest stock, sourced with no expense spared due to closing down of stock lofts: Janssens - all the old lines - Jan Huybrechts, Koopmans, Geerinckx De Klak, Verkerks, plus others, the very best of Herman Beverdam’s.

Date: Saturday, 2nd January. Venue: Chimney Corner Football Club, Randalstown Road, Antrim. Sale starts 3pm. Birds on view 2pm. All Lots will be offered online prior to the auction, with the closing bid online, the opening bid in the live sale room.

Billy Elliott - Elliott Bros - with his awards

Billy Elliott - Elliott Bros - with his awards

HORSESHOE BOXING DAY SHOW

Horseshoe Annual Boxing Day Show will take place as usual with penning from 1-3 pm and judging from 3-5pm. Best in show £50, Best Opposite Sex £30. Classes: Young Hens & Young Cocks, Handled, Old Hens & Old Cocks, Handled, Young Bird Eyesign, Old Bird Eyesign, Prizes for all positions. Entry fee (per bird) £1 per class. Duplication to Eyesign - 50p. Free food. Show Open to all section C Members Only (due to limited space).

E MALLON & SONS - BANBRIDGE

The entire clearance sale (Part 2) will be listed online over the Christmas period on the Pigeon Craic Auction Site. Log on to www.pigeoncraic.com/auctions

CLUB SALE

A new club has been formed in the Belfast area to compete in the coming 2016 season. The partnership of Gregg Bros & McCandless have kindly donated four birds to be sold, with all money raised, donated to the new club, to help with expenses on their new formation. All birds on offer can be viewed and bid on. To view the lots on offer log on to: www.pigeoncraic.com/auctions

NOVARA STUD

Novara Stud - R Strain & Son - Ballyclare - own one of the finest teams of long distance continental families. Davie will offer a select draft from the above families. Date: Thursday, 7th January. Venue: Chimney Corner Football Club, Randalstown Road, Antrim. Sale starts 8pm. Birds on view 7pm. All lots will be offered online prior to the auction, with the closing bid online, the opening bid in the live sale room.

KINALLEN VIEW LOFTS

B. & G. Cochrane & Herman McAvoy – Harmony HPS will offer a select draft of their top winning bloodlines on Saturday, 9th January. More information next week.

CARRICK & DIST HPS

I have included a few pictures of the Carrick & Dist prize night in this week’s issue. Congratulations to highest prizewinners – Mr & Mrs R Reid – plus all the other season award winners.

BUS TRIP TO BLACKPOOL

There are still a few places vacant on the bus trip to the annual Blackpool Show Of The Year in January 2016. Interested? If so contact Owen Donnelly on 07816910993.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

As this is the last column prior to Christmas I would like to wish all my contributors and the fancy in general a very Merry Christmas - ‘Have a good un’ - New Kid On The Block

Please note: Usual column next week