A former pupil of Frizington Primary School has gone back to present a cheque for £840 – money won by one of his pigeons.
Christened Frizy Flyer, he has now won a total of £1,700 for the school after being entered in the schools section of the RPRA One Loft race.
Tom Kenmare races in Frizington with his dad Andrew and both are members of the Cleator Moor Central club. They went along with officials of the Cumbria Region to hand over the cheque.
Chairman Jimmy Nelson and secretary Les Blacklock had both expressed delight that a Cumbrian-bred pigeon had done so well in a major national event – and that a local school had benefitted.
The initial event was in 2020 when Frizy Flyer scooped £860 through winning the schools section (65th Open) and being placed in hot spot races in the build-up to the final test from Alnwick (235 miles).
He was retained at the RPRA’s one loft location at Birtsmorton, near Tewkesbury, and entered for this year’s Yearling races, in which he shone again.
In a terrific performance from Brechin (334 miles) he again won the schools section but was a terrific 4th Open, and with placings in the Hot Spot races, won another £840.
Tom, a former Cumbria Region Young Fancier of the Year, was especially pleased to go back to his old school and hand over the latest cheque.
“Last year we were unable to go along and present the first cheque because of Covid. It was great to be able to do it this time and it brought back a few memories. The main thing is we’ve been able to give something back to the school as dad is a former pupil as well,” he said.
Headmistress Sarah Rose said the school council (made up of children) would decide what the money is spent on.