Caption: Major winners of the December 2019 FFF Annual Exhibition. Left: best in show winner Gerald Spencer (left), with FFF vice chairman Michael Gorin. Right: best novice Emmett McAteer (left)


A “BOLD MOVE” by the Fife Fancy Federation (FFF) to host its first solo show in 2019 has paid off, say officials who can confirm that the 2020 show will once again be independent.

For several years, the FFF held its annual show in conjunction with October’s National Exhibition at Stafford, obtaining a large entry each year in the process and hitting record figures. Under the management of David Shelbourne, in 2016 he and his FFF team broke a further two Fife canary records at the National: a remarkable 1,104 Fifes were benched and a record six judges worked their way through the exhibits. At the 2015 National, the entry of 903 Fifes from more than 65 exhibitors was a first record-breaker for this event.

“It had been suggested by several exhibitors that due to the success of the show the Federation should consider holding its own stand-alone show,” explained FFF reporter Steve Dominey. A venue in Liverpool was sourced and the FFF Annual Exhibition took place on December 1.

“This was a major venture for the club,” said Mr Dominey, “and a first-year entry of 697 birds provided an excellent start for the show committee to build upon in future years.

“To move away from the National, an event that had attracted more than 1,000 Fifes, and be confident enough to run the show itself and in the manner that the FFF wished to run the event, was a bold move. It certainly shows the progressive nature of the FFF.”

The 2020 FFF Annual Exhibition date and venue details will be confirmed at the FFF AGM in April.

Full show results of the first stand-alone FFF Annual Exhibition show will appear in Club News in a forthcoming issue.