John Tyerman – BICC President                                         Message from the family and funeral details here

Woke to some very sad news this morning, John Tyerman our club President has sadly passed away. I am sure many people have lots of happy memories to share about John and feel free to do so – from my experience of meeting him he was a genuine, warm man who loved the club and was also a fantastic pigeon fancier winning more than his fair share in the distance races.

I have managed to extract some of John’s achievements and his life, mainly from his own words:
John settled in Berwick in 1968 with his wife and had a real passion for distance racing, whilst there he sourced pigeons from some of the best at the time and included John Carmichael who was a local baker and had some of the best Kirkpatrick pigeons at the time and they came from John McGillvray of Forth, Lanarkshire – he had twice won the SNFC Nantes race flying over 600 miles – he also had pigeons from Joe Newcombe, the local butcher and he was a partner in the famous Newcombe Bros, top flyers into Scotland. At that time John flew in partnership with George Jackson and flew the birds with great success in the SNFC – in fact whilst flying in Scotland and having a passion for distance racing John decided to join the NFC and in 1970 his hen SU67 SB 5353 became the first Scottish pigeon to be recorded on day 5 from Pau flying 884 miles – amazing!
In 1973 Jon moved away to Hong Kong for work and disposed of all his pigeons but returned in 4 years later to settle in Dorking, Surrey where he raced for the next 23 years – he sourced his pigeons from various top distance fanciers – again he went back to: John Carmichael who still had the very best of the Kirkpatrick family and his friend Andy Wilson from Dumfries and also exchanged pigeons with Richard Howey of Northampton was had a great reputation at the Pau and Tarbes races….John also then took the opportunity to add to his family with the introduction of pigeons from Eric Cannon in 1993/1994 via his friendship with Ron Dodd of Cranleigh – Eric Cannon was the “legend” of Pau and Eric selected birds for John from many of his champions “Culmer Gold”, “Culmer Lass” and “Culmer Expected”. Over the years John blended this family to create his own and went on to achieve some fantastic results.
In 2000 John moved to a beautiful part of the world, Bracklesham Bay on the South coast with his wife– his current loft is only 100 metres from the channel and his policy was that all birds flew the channel, he seldom flew club races or inland, in fact when I chatted to him last year he said he was a member of a North road club and if the birds were raced in the club it was from North road race points – you need birds with great orientation to do this.
I know John was particularly proud of some of these birds and their achievements but there were many more.
– Brackbay Star – 1st Open Tarbes CSCFC 2011, 520 miles – clocked in the rain and only 4 day birds records
– Barcelona cock – 4th BICC Barcelona, 662 miles, 7th BICC Barcelona, 662 miles and 2 weeks later 15 BICC Perpignan 591 miles
– Decimal Lady – 2nd Open LSEC Bordeaux 440 miles (beaten by a decimal point), 16th Open LSEC Pau 545 miles
– Brackbay Reliable – 5th, 32nd, 40th, 46th BICC St Vincent 489 miles – also achieving 30thOpen International St Vincent 10774 pigeons
Rest in Peace John

From BICC Facebook Group kindly compiled by Bob-Anthony Besant