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Pigeon fanciers are hoping to make it into the Guinness World Records after this year’s annual show in Blackpool.

The British Homing World Show of the Year saw thousands of visitors go through the doors of the Winter Gardens over the weekend to see some of the world’s finest racing and show pigeons.

This year’s show featured a unique history exhibition in the Empress Ballroom, charting pigeons’ involvement in the war efforts, on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Show chairman David Trippitt said: “We’ve had the largest collection of Dicken’s Medals, the equivalent of the animals Victoria Cross, they were awarded to 32 racing pigeons after the wars and we had 12.

“We hope to get in the Guinness Book of Records. It really has been a first class event.”

General manager Stewart Wardrop said: “The show has been very, very good. Pigeon racing is viewed as quite a quaint and niche sport but it’s got some great people with great stories.”

Attendance to the three-day event was up on last year’s, after snow prevented fanciers from making the journey.

Organisers estimate as many as 15,000 visitors made it to the events in the Winter Gardens and the gala ball in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, with visitors travelling in from across the globe.

Jim Jenner, 64, has flown in from Montana, USA, every year since the early 90s.

He said: “Blackpool is really an important place to come to for pigeon fanciers.

“It’s been a great weekend, Blackpool can be very proud.”

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