Fifty of the best for local Pigeon club
PIGEON: Laurine McAdam will never forget how her father helped to form the Bundaberg Racing Pigeon Club.
This weekend the club will celebrate its 50th anniversary after being formed in 1968 in humble beginnings in the Rum City.
The club was started by McAdam's father, Roy Stuckey, in the middle of his kitchen table in North Bundaberg with a couple of his mates as they looked to breakaway from another club.
"They were looking for a new name for the club,” McAdam told the NewsMail.
"It was formed over the table with a cup of coffee and talking about birds.”
From there the rest is history, which has been led in some respects by Jim Mullet.
Mullet is one of the longest-serving members of the club and has been a patron for the past 25 years.
He's also financially backed the club.
The life member said it had been a challenge to get to where the club is but the members had made it work.
"The biggest thing is this club has survived,” he said.
"It's had determined people and people with a will to succeed.”
It also has people who care, according to Mullet.
He retired from racing a few years ago but was convinced to come back.
"It's always been my passion,” he said.
"Racing has kept my interest going in it.”
The club has also seen technology play a major part of their success in the past five decades.
When it first started the members would have to put the pigeons on to trains and let others release them to race.
Times would be recorded using GPS and by applying rubber stamps on their legs to identify them.
Now, the club owns a car that takes pigeons to race starts with an electronic chip recording time digitally.
"That's been one of the highlights for the club, moving to our own transportation,” BRPC treasurer Nigel Dickinson said.
"The club bought their first vehicle in the 90s and became incorporated in 1994.”
Dickinson said a party on Sunday would be a great way to celebrate those who raced pigeons and the unity the club shares.
"The sport of racing pigeons is there for everyone to enjoy,” he said.
"I'd like to see the longevity of the club last forever.”
The club will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 9am on Sunday at the clubhouse on Skyring St in East Bundaberg.
Everyone is welcome to attend.