Holcombe Old English Game Fowl Club's 170th annual gamecock show in Ramsbottom

Holcombe Old English Game Fowl Club's 170th annual gamecock show in Ramsbottom

Dindo Romero, from Sunderland, with his daughter Dindi, aged four

Mark Fletcher with a grey cock

Bob Kane, from the Wirral, with his ginger bird

Brother and sister Stacey and Gavin Young with an old English grey cock

Colin Haworth inspects one of the birds

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

AN historic and long-established tradition held on New Year’s Day again proved high in the pecking order.

Holcombe Old English Game Fowl Club staged its 170th annual gamecock show in Ramsbottom.

A total of 16 exhibitors showed 64 birds at the popular event staged at the Royal British Legion club in Central Street.

Club honorary secretary Mr Russell Taylor said: “While the number of birds entered was lower than last year it was still a successful show, with many local people visiting to support a tradition which has been upheld since 1843.”

Visitors travelled from as far as Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Stafford-shire Durham, Sunder-land and Bedfordshire as well as from many parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

The judge was Mr Cliff Stone from Yorkshire.

Results were as follows:

Cock Class for the Oxford Centenary Cup:

1st, Mr Eamon Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield; 3rd, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield.

Hen Class for the Sam Jackson Cup:

1st, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Michael Durkin, Hoghton; 3rd, Mr Michael Durkin, Hoghton.

Stag Class for the Millie Whittaker Rosebowl:

1st, Mr Eamon Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Michael Durkin, Hoghton; 3rd, Ms Launa Young, Durham.

Pullet Class for the Harold Haworth Cup:

1st, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Frank De Castro, Bardney; 3rd, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield

Local Class for the Tom Randle Haworth Trophy:

1st, Miss Sophia Taylor, Bury; 2nd, Mr Colin F Haworth, Haslingden; 3rd, Mrs Lesley Taylor, Bury.

The Mary Shaw Cup for the prestigious prize of best bird in show was won by Mr Eamon Fletcher, with the winner of the Stag class.

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