My Treasure – John Hamilton
‘My Dad’s pigeon tin’
‘This is my treasure, look at the workmanship, think of the value. This belonged to my Dad. His passion was his racing pigeons. Every day they would be let out to fly around and when it came to call them back in, he would put some pigeon food in this tin and rattle it, calling out “Come on, come on, come on”.
It was particularly important on race days, when getting the pigeon into the loft quickly could mean the difference between winning and losing. So this tin is something he had in his hand virtually every single day, which is why I choose this as ‘My Treasure’ and not the prestigious “Hall of Fame” award that one of his pigeons won’.
Story written by John Hamilton, Portstewart