Above: Ivan Chapman (left) accepts his third consecutive Premier best-in-show award from BCCC president Ron Hill


BY ENGAGING A full Irish judging line-up coupled with tempting cash specials, the British Colour Canary Club (BCCC) maxed out its staging capacity at its Premier show.

On November 16, BCCC officials resorted to using tables to judge the exhibits after a show-record number of birds were benched at the Grosvenor Centre, Stafford.

“This year’s Premier has been our biggest and best to date with more than 500 exhibits,” explained show secretary Ivan Chapman, who achieved a historic best-in-show hat-trick on the day. “The event was so successful that we needed to find extra tables to bench some of the exhibits as well as for judging because the available staging was full – it was a remarkable turn-out!”

The entry boost comes from a surge of fanciers joining the BCCC and exhibiting at its shows in 2019, say BCCC officials, as well as high interest in this year’s first-ever all-Irish judges booking – BCCC  vice president and full panel judge, David Ramsey, and full panel judges Nigel Keys, John Graydon and Robby Mitchell.

Mr Ramsey from Derry was one of the judges that had to give up his bench and carry out his judging on two tables.

He said: “Myself and Nigel Keys drove from Northern Ireland and the quality of the birds that came up in front of me made it worth the long journey.”

The £500 for best exhibit was awarded to champion Mr Chapman for his flighted intensive red variegated cock. This marks the third consecutive year Mr Chapman has won best exhibit at this show, which he described as a “lifetime achievement”.

Full show results will appear in Club News in a forthcoming issue.

More information

IF YOU wish to join the BCCC, please contact Ivan Chapman via email: ivankchapman@gmail.com or text 07745 671 329. All memberships are £10.

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