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Gloria's trophy for the birds

By Victor Gordon

Published 15/12/2007

You wouldn't normally associate glamorous Gloria Hunniford with the flat cap image of pigeon racing.

But the Ulster-born TV presenter this week handed over a special trophy for the province's pigeon fanciers to compete for.

It was presented at the House of Commons to Ken McConaghie, of the Irish National Flying Club (INFC) president.

It's the Charles Hunniford Memorial Trophy in memory of her late father, and is a thank you to the pigeon world for its generous support of Gloria's charity The Caron Keating Cancer Foundation.

Every year, the UK's Amalgamation of Flying Clubs has a charity dinner at Westminster where thousands of pounds are raised for charity, and it has consistently donated to the Caron cancer charity, named for Gloria's daughter who died in April 2004 from breast cancer.

Said Gloria: " Husband Stephen and I decided to do something for the pigeon world, so we have donated the trophy, which will be competed for each year over three races by the pigeon world of Northern Ireland."

Charles Hunniford was a respected pigeon fancier in Portadown, and during the Second World War bred 1,400 birds used for carrying messages from The Front.

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