There are about 60,000 fanciers
in the UK, 42,000 of these race their pigeons from April to September, using the winter months for breeding and husbandry.
We thought there should be a tribute to local pigeon fanciers
Coun Linnecor said: "This spate of thefts has really upset local pigeon fanciers
one man has given up his hobby because he is scared of being targeted again.
Despite being from a generation who are too young even to remember cult TV show Geordie Racer, last year the teenager from South Lane, Seahouses, Northumberland, came runner-up in the North-East Fancier
of the Year award.
The Queen has donated one of her prize racing pigeons to a fellow fancier
for a charity auction.
David, 41 - backed by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association - is set to lead hundreds of fanciers
in a civil court action against mobile firms for lost birds and interrupted breeding.
It's held about six times a year, and most fanciers
spend a lifetime trying to notch up a win.
All because he knew that if you took an everyday item and made it just a little bit fancier
, you could change the world.
Ken Stephenson, 56, from Old Fold, who also has a cree on the site, looks after John's pigeons.
Brian Tumilty was driven to attempting to hold a fellow competitor's bird hostage after losing his own loft in an arson attack, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
But he later tried to persuade another fancier
to lie to police about the attack.
Because an item comes with a certificate of authenticity means nothing and, chances are, the fancier
the certificate and the pricier the item likely means a better chance the item is counterfeit.