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HISTORY/BACKGROUND

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History of My Hobby

THE FIRST GLOSTERS WERE  BRED IN GLOUSTERSHIRE,HENCE THE NAME (GLOSTER).
THEY WERE FIRST SHOWN IN THE ANY OTHER VARIETY SECTION UNTIL THEY BECAME SO POPULAR THAT CLASSES WERE ENLARGED SO MAKING IT BETTER FOR THE EXHIBITORS.
I WONT BORE YOU WITH ALL THE DETAILS,IF YOU KEEP GLOSTERS YOU WILL ALREADY KNOW THE HISTORY.
OVER THE YEARS GLOSTERS HAVE BECOME SO POPULAR THAT IT IS THE BIGGEST SECTION AT THE NATIONAL ,AND WE HAVE APPROX 26 ALL GLOSTER SHOWS UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY.
GOING BACK 5 OR 6 YEARS THERE WERE MANY OUTSTANDING BIRDS ON THE SHOW BENCH,BUT THESE DAYS THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE TRYING TO CHANGE THE STANDARD,TO MANY PEOPLE ARE CONCENTRATING ON FEATHER QUALITY AND NOT (TYPE)AFTER ALL IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE A TYPE CANARY,OK, WE ALL LIKE A LITTLE FEATHER QUALITY ,BUT YOU SHOULD NEVER SACRIFICE THIS FOR TYPE.
IN MY OPINION WE ARE LOSING TO MANY MEMBERS BECAUSE THEY TRY TO BREED FOR FEATHER AND LOSE THE SHAPE AND TYPE,THEY GET SO CONFUSED WITH THIS THAT IN THE END THEY JUST GIVE UP,I WAS ONCE TOLD THAT I WAS LIVING IN THE PAST AND I SHOULD CHANGE WITH THE FUTURE(I AGREE)BUT I AM NOT AWARE THAT THE TYPE HAS BEEN CHANGED ,OR IS LIKELY TO BE,IF THIS HAPPENS OUR LOVELY TYPE GLOSTERS WILL BE LOST ,AND THAT WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR THE FANCY AS SO MANY PEOPLE WOULD LEAVE THE HOBBY,AND LIKE OTHER BRANCHES OF THE FANCY.

My Background

I FIRST STARTED WITH GLOSTERS IN 1963 WHEN MY FATHER BOUGHT MY FIRST PAIR FROM THE LATE IVOR ALBERRY AT SUNDERLAND FEDERATION SHOW,A WEEK LATER WE WENT TO SCARBROUGH TO BUY ANOTHER PAIR FROM THE LATE FRANK HAWKSBY.
I BRED THE BIRDS ,WITH THE HELP OF MY FATHER WHO WAS A BORDER BREEDER AT THE TIME,AND HAD A GOOD BREEDING SEASON,I SELECTED WHAT I WANTED TO SHOW,AND WENT TO MY FIRST SHOW AS AN EXHIBITOR,I WON BEST JUNIOR GLOSTER AND BEST JUNIOR EXHIBIT,I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS.
THE GLOSTERS BACK THEN WERE NOTHING LIKE THEY ARE TODAY,THEY WERE LONG AND THIN WITH VERY SMALL CRESTS.TODAYS GLOSTERS ARE EXCELLENT,THE TYPE WE ARE EXHIBITING NOW HAVE THE BEST TYPE I HAVE EVER SEEN,BUT REMEMBER DONT BE FOOLED INTO CONCENTRATING ON FEATHER QUALITY,GLOSTERS ARE A TYPE CANARY,SO LETS KEEP IT THIS WAY,AND SEE MANY MORE QUALITY TYPE GLOSTERS ON THE SHOW BENCH.

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