British Homing World Show to take place in Blackpool

The Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) is hosting the British Homing World Show later this month at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

RPRA: returns to Blackpool for annual show
RPRA: returns to Blackpool for annual show

This year's show, taking place from 21-22 January, will mark the 40th anniversary of the event taking place at the venue. 

Show participants bring more than 2,000 homing pigeons making it the largest event of its kind in Europe. With 200 exhibitors' stands for everything pigeon, organisers anticipate around some 15,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. The RPRA has worked continuously with VisitBlackpool over the years to bring the event to the resort. 

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Blackpool will be decorated with welcome banners and a giant pigeon flag will fly from the flagpole at the top of Blackpool Tower.

Two giant "pigeons" in the form of Mr and Mrs Pigeon will be in resort on January 21st to entertain visitors to the show.

Ian Evans, RPRA general manager said: "This is a massive event in our calendar and it always proves to be hugely popular. Not only have you got the attraction of so many pigeons and fanciers in one place but it also gives our members the opportunity to enjoy a weekend away.

Council Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council added: "We are delighted to welcome the RPRA back to Blackpool. The show provides a great boost to the local economy; January is usually a quiet month for most seaside resorts but events like this proves that Blackpool is open for business all year round."

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