Photo: Young winner: Junior Ginge from Essex, winner of the best junior young bird award, presented by Gwynedd BS president Frank McGovern

 

A SEASIDE-RESORT-BASED CLUB in Wales secured its first-ever international sponsor for its first gold championship show, held last month.

Gwynedd BS’s weekend open show in Llandudno, North Wales – August 31 and September 1 – welcomed sponsorship from Faisal Al Zayed of Kuwait to further enhance the cash prizes for best in show and best young bird in show, as well as boosting the cash prizes for most- and second-most-benched-birds in all four sections. The club believes this contributed to the outstanding benched figure of 914 budgerigars.

Mr Al Zayed had shown interest in the club in 2018 but was unable to attend the 2019 show. Instead, he offered sponsorship of the show and has since joined the club’s membership.

“I can see that Gwynedd BS is a club of the future, and I know this because of the team working hard behind the scene,” said Mr Al Zayed. “It is not easy to organise a gold show with almost 1,000 birds and that was the club’s aim. I wanted to join in with the success of this show, but because I couldn’t attend, I decided to offer sponsorship and I am looking forward to being a part of future shows.”

Rob Hughes, club show secretary, said Mr Al Zayed was delighted to not only be the first international show sponsor, but the first person from Kuwait to support it. He added: “Although Faisal was unable to attend this year, he has already pencilled in next year’s date. The club looks forward to welcoming him to Wales in 2020.”

During the show, a normal cobalt cock donated to the club’s auction by father-and-son partnership Ian & Scott Ainley sold for £1,000. The winning bid came from Eric Littlehales. The same bird had been benched prior to the auction and had won the Challenge Certificate (CC) for best cobalt young bird.

A full show report will appear in Club News in a forthcoming issue.

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