Above: In 2015, the BS recognised Mr Binks’s contribution to the hobby over a period of 70 years by awarding him the Silver Bird. BS president Bev Hutt (left) presents the trophy to Gerald Binks and his wife Joyce
THE BUDGIE FANCY has lost one of its outstanding practitioners, who worked tirelessly to further the breed. On July 19, the great Gerald Binks passed away, aged 86, following a long illness.
Mr Binks bought his first budgerigar age 12 in 1945 and began his career in the fancy as a novice in Surrey, at Molesey CBS,winning at his first exhibition attempt. Following a lapse in birdkeeping due to studies and National Service, he rejoined the Budgerigar Society (BS) in 1956.
Mick Freakley, well-known exhibitor and official BS photographer, said: “Gerald was a true visionary within the budgerigar world. He pushed and pulled the hobby into the modern era, an effort that was truly needed at the time.” While his contribution to the budgerigar fancy are too numerous to mention, Mr Binks’s highlights include judging and lecturing around the world; serving on the BS General Council; publishing two books; and launching Budgerigar World magazine in 1982.
Past editor of Budgerigar World and BS General Council member Terry Tuxford said: “I knew Gerald for some 40 years and considered him to be my friend and mentor. I acknowledge that there have been plenty of times when he has‘rocked the boat’, but this has always been with the interests of the hobby as his number one priority. Condolences to his wife Joyce, their sons Craig and Duncan and respective families at this sad time.”
The high point of Mr Binks’s exhibition success was in the 1980s when he was in partnership with Craig. They won best breeder in show at the BS Club Show in 1980 and again in 1987 with a grey green cock, BA23-43-87. The same bird won best budgerigar in show at the Budgerigar World Open Championship at Blackpool in 1988.
Close friend Jeff Attwood added: “Gerald was an inspiration to many breeders throughout the world. His knowledge on the subject was unsurpassed and the books he wrote among the best on the subject ever written.”
A full obituary will appear in next week’s issue.
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