A group that promotes the tradition of pigeon racing hosted its first open event for the public on Sunday.

Millom Social Flying Club were able to put on the show at the local rugby league club on January 7 with plenty of people travelling from afar to take part.

The club was recently selected by Millom Town Council for a CGP (Create Growth Programme) grant, which helped make the event possible.

Adam Young, one of the members and organisers, said: "We were able to buy some additional pens thanks to the grant, so we're really grateful for that.

"The show was a great success as we had entrants from all over the place, including Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth, Maryport, Keswick and Barrow."

The Mail: Mr Young with his award after winning one of the competitionsMr Young with his award after winning one of the competitions (Image: Millom Social Flying Club)

The day's competitions revolved around two classes for cock and hen pigeons, with an additional class for the children taking part.

The winners were presented with trophies from the president of the Royal Pigeon Association (RPA) Les Blacklock and Millom Mayoress Simone Faulkner.

"The club would like to thank the Mayoress and Les for presenting the prizes and also Millom Rugby league club for supplying the food and venue," Mr Young added.

If the show proved to be a success in one arena, then it was the promotion of the next generation taking part in the hobby.

'Team Moyes' took first place in the kids class, earning themselves a trophy and a certificate from the club, along with a medallion on behalf of the RPA.

Lucy Fullard finished just behind them with what was her 'favourite' pigeon, and Riley Young was awarded with third place.

It was Adam Young who triumphed in the cock pigeon class, as well as winning best in show.

The Mail: Gary Tyson was another of the victors on SundayGary Tyson was another of the victors on Sunday (Image: Millom Social Flying Club)

And, in the hen class, Gary Tyson earned the top spot with a 'lovely' red hen on show.

The hope now is that the club can use this initial success, along with their recent council backing, to grow even further across the new year.