LOCAL pigeon racers have soared to success in a recent national competition.
Members of the Eastbourne and District Homing Society, based at the Red Lion in Willingdon, saw their racing pigeons win at the highest levels over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Sue Gore and Peter Howard, who fly from Alfriston and live in Seaford, won the British International Championship Club’s Top Young Bird Prize when little March born Delbar Van Loon hen Tye Lass 2 flew 151 miles from Guernsey in just two hours 43 minutes to take first place.
Douglas Grant, of Pevensey Bay, won the British International Championship Club’s Old Hens Race.
His 2008 bred hen flew 158 miles in two hours 46 minutes to beat 584 old hens to first place.
Bill Gardiner, the landlord of The Dinkum in Polegate, came 46th in the race flying 154 miles in three hours and 22 minutes.
John Denison of Pevensey Bay took the first five places in his first young bird race of the season from Lyndhurst and 87 miles. His birds flew 1,804 yards per minute.
Sue Gore from the club said, “We are always open to new members young and old.
“Help and advice will be given to those who may like to try this very interesting hobby.”