1,000 racing-pigeons strut their stuff in Lanark
For most people, the Christmas season is all about roast turkeys and a partridge in a pear tree.
On Saturday, December 9th, Lawrie & Symington Lanark hosted something a little less traditional; a show of over 1,000 racing-pigeons for a crowd of around 400 enthusiasts from across the country.
The Scottish Homing Pigeon Show, hosted in Lanark since 2012, showcases the crème-de-la-crème of Scottish racing pigeons, featuring birds which can be worth thousands of pounds.
Often setting off from as far away as France, the pigeons’ race at break-neck speeds of up to 70mph and distances of up 600 miles in an attempt to beat the competition home. On the way, they face a number of potential terrors, including strong winds and attacks from birds of prey.
Linda Brooks is the secretary of the Scottish Homing Pigeon Union, she said:
“The racing season ends in September so the annual show is a chance for pigeon racing enthusiasts to have a get together for a social, talk about the season, and show-off their birds. The space available at Lawrie & Symington’s mart in Lanark is ideal for our purposes, so a big thank you to them for making the day possible and to everyone who came along on the day.”
The pigeons were shown in the mart’s 720 sq. meter General Hall. A number of business from the industry set up and stalls in the concourse, which can host up to 400 people at any one time.
Willie McCulloch, who manages events at Lawrie & Symington Lanark, said:
“I always look forward to the Scottish Homing Pigeon show. You’d be amazed by the amount of variety you see between the birds which come in all different shapes and sizes. It draws an entirely new crowd to the mart. This year we were once again very busy throughout the day, both in the main hall which we used to host the pigeons themselves and out front where a number of businesses had set up shop for the day.”