The 2015 edition of the National at Stafford was a breakthrough event for the New London Fancy. It was a sight that has not been seen on the show bench for well over a century, and surely is a harbinger of greater things to come.
There are times when if things need to happen then you need good men to come to the fore. This was undoubtedly the case here. My congratulations go to Bernard Howlett, Piet Renders and Andy Early for making a dream become a reality. I would like to thank Andy for his show report and the photographs of this amazing occasion. I never thought I would see such an event.
Show Report of the New London Fancies exhibited at the Stafford Show on 13 October 2015 by Andy Early:
The London Fancy Canary Club section at the National in Stafford had a total of thirty-four London Fancies benched, which is a record for London Fancies. The previous best was in 1897, when thirty-three were benched.
The birds were exhibited by three exhibitors: Bernard Howlett, Andy Early and Piet Renders who travelled from the Netherlands. The winner of the best London Fancy was Piet Renders with an over-year jonque (yellow) cock. There were seven birds in this class, all of good quality. The other classes were:
Class1, current year bred jonque cock was won by Piet Renders, this bird was third best London fancy.
Class 2 a jonque hen was the only bird in this class, benched by Bernard Howlett.
Class 3 clear, or nearly clear mealy (buff) cock, was won by Piet Renders. Class 4 clear, or nearly clear mealy hen, was won by Bernard Howlett.
Class 5 spangled jonque cock, was won by Bernard Howlett.
There were no birds in classes 6 or 7.
Class 8, spangled mealy hen, was won by Bernard Howlett.
Class 9, clear or nearly clear jonque cock or hen, was won by Piet Renders.
Class 10, over-year clear or nearly clear mealy cock, was won by Bernard Howlett.This bird was also second best London fancy in show.
Class 11, over-year spangled jonque cock, was won by Bernard Howlett.
Class 12 spangled mealy hen, was won by Bernard Howlett.
Piet Renders also benched some white London Fancies and some birds with brown (cinnamon) markings, instead of black. These birds were not in the competitive classes, but were benched for interest only. If these birds were exhibited in the competitive classes there would have been over forty London fancies. A great deal of interest was shown in the birds, with many favourable comments.
The London fancy canary club would like to thank Brian Hogg for judging the birds.
Piet tells me he is already looking forward to the 2016 edition!