Bird show to stay at hall

The birds will be back at Milton's Coronation Hall this year after all.

Milton's Poultry Club was told late last year it could no longer stage its annual show at the Coronation Hall because the hall committee felt it was not an appropriate event for the facility.

But after Bruce ward councillor Gaynor Finch chaired a meeting between both parties late last month, a deal was struck that will keep the club at its home base for the next two years at least.

Club joint-secretary Isobel Robinson said yesterday it had been told the club could stage its 2008 and 2009 shows there. ‘‘It gives us a bit of time to work on it,'' she said.

The club believes the town hall is the only suitable venue in the town that can hold the 350-plus birds and their owners during the two-day show, which is held in the third weekend of June each year.

Mrs Robinson said the club was grateful it was allowed to stay at the hall for at least the next two years, and it would work hard to convince the hall committee it should stay there permanently.

The committee claimed the event had the potential to damage the hall's newly sanded and polished floors.

It was also worried the smell from the birds could linger for weeks after the show.

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