Homing Pigeon Show of the Year

The first day of the annual British Homing Pigeon World Show of the Year takes place at Blackpool Winter Gardens on January 18, 2020 in Blackpool, England.

Held over two days the show, now in its 48th year at Blackpool and organised by The Royal Pigeon Racing Association is the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the United Kingdom and one of the the largest shows in the world regularly attracting around 25,000 visitors.

Around 2500 of the top homing pigeons in the country are on display, all trying to win best in show with the winner going on to the Supreme Champion Class.

The show also has over 150 trade stands, charity auctions, raffles for new pigeon lofts and activities for visitors and owners with profits from the show going to charity.

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Castle Howard prepares for Christmas

The historic North Yorkshire stately home of Castle Howard celebrates Christmas each year with a themed display inside the grand state rooms within the house.

This year the theme is ‘A Christmas Masquerade’ and celebrates the house’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its architecture and interiors and was the creation of design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke.

I went along for a press preview during the week for a sneak preview before the house opens to the public over the Christmas period.

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Durham Lumiere

I headed up to my home city of Durham during the week on assignment to cover the preview evening for the tenth anniversary of Durham Lumiere.

The UK’s largest light festival returned to Durham for its tenth anniversary edition.

Landmark locations across the city will feature 37 different light installations when the event begins and a number of them where illuminated for the preview evening.

The event will run for four consecutive nights from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th November.

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Skinningrove Bonfire

The annual bonfire and fireworks display takes place on November 5, 2019 in Skinningrove, England.

The theme for the display this year was the ‘greatest showman’. Each year residents of the small North Yorkshire coastal village build a large themed bonfire on the beach, reflecting the area’s history.

This year it pays tribute to Harry Cooper who was born locally in 1853, and whose 8ft 6in height made him possibly the tallest man in the world at the time. While touring with a circus he was spotted by P T Barnum, who made him a celebrity in America.

The bonfire was the shape of a giant circus tent with what the organisers described as their own tribute to Harry Cooper featuring prominently.

 

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