PIGEON RACE COMMEMORATES WORLD WAR I CENTENARY
The Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) commemorated 100 years since the end of World War I with a special pigeon race held at Boyton Hall Farm in Chelmsford. Over 45 clubs from across the UK entered the race, drawing pigeon fanciers from around the country to the liberation site in Essex. The RPRA is dedicated to raising the profile of pigeon racing. This year, the organisation has been holding many races up and down the country in order to remember the vital role carrier pigeons played throughout the Great War. Carrier pigeons were used by the military as messengers because of their homing ability and speed. Over 100,000 pigeons were used in the war with a success rate of 95% in delivering their messages.