Above: Making history: one of the first mask wearers at a bird show in 2020. Ryan Sutton won best in show with a Gloster

ONE OF THE first young stock shows to take place since lockdown restrictions eased went ahead on August 12, complete with face masks, hand sanitiser and a max capacity of 20 people.

Ten exhibition canaries – two Lancashire, two Scots fancies, two Glosters and four Fifes – were entered in Reading CBS’s young stock show, held at Grazeley Village Hall in Reading, Berkshire (see News, July 15).

While only six members entered their birds, club officials said that due to the current pandemic, this was still enough to create a successful show and buzz.

“We only wanted one table for the birds and six chairs, and you can see the layout in one of the photos,” explained treasurer Lez Fairbanks. Graham Bradbrook, show secretary and chairman, judged each section and put forward the best bird for members to decide on.

Mr Fairbanks said: “Once we were down to the best of each variety there was a show of hands for the overall best.” A buff consort Gloster benched by Ryan Sutton received the most votes.

The club followed strict guidelines from the venue’s committee, which included a restriction on the number of people in the hall at any one time.

The club took advantage of the nice weather and hosted a meeting prior to the young stock show outside the venue. Mr Fairbanks said: “The first part of the meeting was in the car park as members arrived. We couldn’t put the kettle on as no refreshments were allowed, so there was no rush to get into the show hall. It was great to talk face to face with one other.”

Mr Bradbrook described the event as “an opportunity to put forward young stock that would otherwise have been missed.” He added: “In September we aim to host a knockout competition. This will again be limited to 20 people in the hall.”

Sadly the Merseyside Border & Fife FCC meeting that we promoted in News, July 15 was cancelled.

Bristol BS held a young bird competition on August 10. A report will appear in next week’s issue.

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