All liberation news for the NFC Tarbes race will be shared here ...

Updated 30th June: 

The NFC Grand National pigeons have been liberated from Tarbes at 13.30 hours and cleared immediately into a fight path through France this afternoon, which is one of broken clouds and sunshine. Winds W/N/W.

Patchy rain will move westwards across northern France this evening and overnight. Any early morning rain soon clearing westwards with sunny periods developing. Channel is affected by isolated showers with good visibility. Southern England broken clouds and sunshine and a westerly wind. Thanks to our weather advisor, Steve Appleby. Good luck to all members, Steve White Race Advisor, Phil Leech Chief Convoyer.

Hours of darkness for Fri 30th June: sunset 21:21 to 04:47 sunrise on 1st July, 7hours, 26 minutes. Sunrise & sunset times are for London

Message at 18:30 on 29th June: Unfortunately, the pigeons have had to move to Tarbes. The French Aviation Authority will not allow a liberation tomorrow from Pau, and only between 07:05 and 09:40 on Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

The Liberation Line phone number is 01235 627727. Please tell members who do not have access to the website.This will be updated with each announcement.

Good luck to all participating members ... and remember... please verify JUST YOUR FIRST ARRIVAL (additional arrivals are NOT required), within 60 minutes of that pigeon's arrival, and preferably online at Racing Verification ( ... you'll of course need to be LOGGED IN to the website do this.

Can't verify online? Then phone one of the following three mobile numbers within 60 minutes, to verify your first arrival only. If the line is busy, please try another number. DO NOT leave a message as we may not pick it up within the 60 minutes from your clocking time:-

  • 07733-641524
  • 07733-641526
  • 07733-641532

Finally, very important, please remember to get a Strike Report printed off your ETS system at your Clock Station/Club to send with all other paperwork required by Jill.