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NORTH EAST NATIONAL SHOW 2011
This was another excellent show, staged by the budgerigar societies of South Shields and Sunderland, and it was enhanced by the tremendous support of local fanciers, who entered a total of 724 exhibits. Of these, a benched entry of 601 was reported. Hopefully this is a sign that the North East National is on its way up again. There have been many 'pits and troughs' since our first amalgamated show, in Sunderland, in 1965.
On a wider scale, is it too soon to hope that this also signals a return for the fancy which has seemed to be in decline for a few years now? Certainly the judging team of G D Findlay, N Flavell, R Payne and R Quigley had a happy task in judging classes which had reasonable entries, both numerically and in general quality.
The show ran very smoothly, and the usual ‘blips’ were happily thin on the ground, so much so that the judges’ tasks were completed in good time to enable the show to be dressed to receive an enthusiastic public!
And the winners? As I have reported often in the past, Charlie Bowman led the field overall, and not only was his Opaline Cock Adult adjudged Best in Show, but he also annexed the Best Young Bird award with his very smart and well sized Normal Light Green Cock, staged to perfection.
The challenge certificate for Normal Green went to Keith Allison, who went on to take a further three challenge certificates, for Grey Green, Opaline Cinnamon and Any Other Colour. A well deserved 'haul' for a fancier who is an enthusiastic stalwart of Sunderland BS.
One of the major awards, Best Opposite Sex Any Age went to a Grey hen staged by Derek Shotton Jr, making a welcome and dramatic return to the fancy.
For those of us who had been at the show for most of the morning, there was the pleasure of partaking in an excellent buffet lunch, professionally provided by Ed Freel, a keen breeder and exhibitor of budgerigars, who at this show must have felt that he was now feeding a flock of Gannets! Thanks, Ed - it was great and I can't wait for the next such event
Best in Show C L Bowman Best Young Bird in Show C L Bowman
Best Opp Sex Any Age D Shotton Best Opp Sex Young Bird S Wilson
CHAMPION ANY AGE BEST C L Bowman 2nd K Allison 3rd K Allison 4th K Allison 5th P Watts 6th K Allison 7th Marshall & Shotton
CHAMPION YOUNG BIRD BEST C L Bowman 2nd C L Bowman 3rd K Allison 4th P Watts 5th P Watts 6th P Redford 7th C L Bowman
INTERMEDIATE ANY AGE BEST French & Ratcliffe 2nd A M Carr 3rd S Conlin 4th R Fairhurst 5th G W Carr 6th F Ramshaw 7th A Harrison
INTERMEDIATE YOUNG BIRD BEST T Wall 2nd A Proud 3rd F Ramshaw 4th F Ramshaw 5th F Ramshaw 6th T Wall 7th T Wall
NOVICE ANY AGE BEST S Wilson 2nd J Law 3rd Smith & Jennings 4th B Toon 5th B Verity 6th S Wilson 7th Smith & Jennings
NOVICE YOUNG BIRD BEST S Wilson 2nd N Johnson 3rd K Thompson 4th S Wilson 5th S Wilson 6th Smith & Jennings 7th B Toon
BEGINNER ANY AGE BEST M Tariq 2nd D Shotton 3rd A Lovack 4th J A Elvin 5th M Tariq 6th A Lovack 7th A Lovack
BEGINNER YOUNG BIRD BEST D Shotton 2nd M Tariq 3rd J Smith 4th C Kendall 5th D Shotton 6th D Shotton
JUNIOR ANY AGE BEST C Ridley 2nd C Ridley 3rd C Ridley 4th C Ridley
JUNIOR YOUNG BIRD BEST C Ridley
CHALLENGE CERTIFICATE LINE-UP
NORMAL GREEN BOC K Allison 2nd Marshall & Shotton 3rd C L Bowman 4th French & Ratcliffe 5th M Tariq 6th K Tart 7th S Conlin
NORMAL BLUE BOC S Wilson 2nd S Wilson 3rd B Illingworth 4th Marshall & Shotton 5th J A Elvin 6th K Tart 7th A Lovack
NORMAL GREY GREEN BOC K Allison 2nd N Johnson 3rd S Wilson 4th P Redford 5th M Tariq 6th F Ramshaw 7th Herring Bros
NORMAL GREY BOC J Law 2nd C L Bowman 3rd M Tariq 4th D Shotton 5th J A Elvin 6th P Watts 7th A Proud
OPALINE GREEN BOC C L Bowman 2nd A Lovack 3rd C L Bowman 4th C L Bowman 5th 710-1 6th H Wind 7th A E Wood
OPALINE BLUE BOC T Wall 2nd C L Bowman 3rd A M Carr 4th G Lawrence 5th Smith & Jennings 6th T Wall 7th Smith & Jennings
NORMAL CINNAMON BOC S Wilson 2nd K Allison 3rd S Wilson 4th C L Bowman 5th S Wilson 6th J Smith 7th A Harrison
OPALINE CINNAMON BOC K Allison 2nd K Allison 3rd K & B Batey 4th K Tart 5th E W Freel 6th T Wall 7th K Thompson
LUTINO BOC J Wanless 2nd K & B Batey 3rd Marshall & Shotton 4th Marshall & Shotton 5th J Wanless 6th H Wind 7th C Kendall
ALBINO BOC Marshall & Shotton 2nd J Wanless 3rd T Wall 4th J Wanless 5th Herring Bros 6th Herring Bros 7th French & Ratcliffe
YELLOW-WING BOC Marshall & Shotton 2nd Marshall & Shotton 3rd J Smith 4th J Smith 5th Marshall & Shotton 6th J Smith 7th J Smith
WHITE-WING BOC Marshall & Shotton 2nd D Lowes 3rd Marshall & Shotton 4th J Smith 5th J Smith
CREST OR TUFT No Entries
SPANGLE BOC P Watts 2nd P Watts 3rd H Wind 4th P Redford 5th K Allison 6th D Shotton 7th J Smith
DOMINANT PIED BOC C L Bowman 2nd Smith & Jennings 3rd A Harrison 4th G W Carr 5th A Pick 6th Smith & Jennings 7th Smith & Jennings
RECESSIVE PIED BOC D Lowes 2nd J Gallagher 3rd Marshall & Shotton 4th D Lowes
YELLOW/GOLDEN FACE BOC Marshall & Shotton 2nd K Thompson 3rd A Lovack 4th F Ramshaw 5th A Proud 6th Marshall & Shotton 7th J A Elvin
RARE VARIETY BOC J Herron 2nd A M Carr 3rd A M Carr
ANY OTHER COLOUR BOC K Allison 2nd K Allison 3rd K & B Batey 4th J M Cook 5th B Toon 6th J Smith 7th G W Carr
All in all, a very happy and successful show. Our thanks to all who took part in any way - and particular thanks to Brian Batey who did so much of the Show secretarial work, especially on the day of the show
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