Scunthorpe pigeon fancier has 'very lucky escape' in what felt like an earthquake
A SCUNTHORPE man had a “very lucky escape” after a tree fell on one of his garden lofts where he keeps racing pigeons.
Tony Beadle was feeding his pigeons when the tree from the property next door in Lincoln Gardens was blown over during strong winds.
Mr Beadle, who keeps 60 racing pigeons across five lofts in his garden, was doing a regular feed in his garden when the tree came down.
The 72-year-old said it felt like an earthquake when the tree fell.
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He said: “I had just gone into the loft and I saw the weather go black.
“I thought it was an earthquake and I had a very lucky escape. It shook me up. It was over in a flash.
“I told my wife the tree had come down and she thought I was joking. There were pigeons in the loft at the time, but none of them were hurt.”
Mr Beadle has been keeping pigeons for 40 years.
Jean Beadle, Tony’s wife, said her husband was lucky to be alive.
The 64-year-old said: “If it had gone further down with the force it did, it would have killed him.
“I said ‘what is it, an earthquake?
“The loft will have to be rebuilt and they have been up for about 25 years.”
Mr Beadle does not know at this stage how much the damage will cost to repair.
Mr and Mrs Beadle contacted Humberside Fire and Rescue Service this morning (Thursday, January 31) and an officer was sent out to advise them where to get help.
The couple did not get the tree cleared until today, as they did not know who to contact.
Mrs Beadle said: “I rang the council up yesterday and they said they only deal with highways.”
The couple’s friend Richard Drury helped them clear the tree with some of his workmates.
The couple have lived in the property since 1968.
Mrs Beadle said the couple were going to take down the remaining conifers in their garden.