TEN YEARS AFTER being shut away, Mid Ulster Border FCC’s show staging has had a new lease of life.
On December 3, the annual show of Mid Ulster Border FCC returned to Portadown, Northern Ireland, following a successful 10-year stint hosting its open show in conjunction with Dungannon CBS. The club’s staging was taken out of storage having spent the past 10 years in a shed, and was put to good use with 30 exhibitors entering 275 Border canaries.
“The staging was in remarkable condition, much to our surprise,” said club secretary David Somerville.
In 2002, a handful of club members paid out of their own pocket for timber and fixings for new staging to replace the existing set. Mr Somerville explained: “Once the staging was complete, it was painted with a preservative. Fast forward four years, and the club struggled on until a decision was made to run our Border show with Dungannon CBS. However, we continued to hold our own meetings in Portadown Town Hall.”
New members were gained and friendships made within the Border fancy, which lead to an increase in club funds and entry numbers at the annual show.
Mr Somerville said: “We began to outgrow the CBS hall, so the decision was made to go back to Portadown and regain the club’s identity. Six members collected the stored staging and washed it. The decision to treat the timber at the time of making paid off as it was in great condition.
“Having been secretary since the mid-1990s, I was over the moon to see the staging filled with birds. I had a lump in my throat at the sight! It was a very proud day for me personally, and the club hopes to build on friendships within the Border fancy and grow the club on to greater things in the future.”
The club will continue to meet on the first Monday of the month in Portadown Town Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend.
● Contact the club on: 07718 230 844. Follow the club on Facebook by searching “Mid Ulster Border Fancy Canary Club”.