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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.

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