Archive Photo Confirms Camel Racing Popular At Washingbay Sports In 1930s

Tyrone Tribulations

Washingbay Sports, 1932

A 90-year-old photo which was found in the attic of a house near Brocagh last week has confirmed long-standing suspicions that camel-racing was a major pastime in east Tyrone in the early part of last century and was even competed for by Dubai and Saudi Arabian jockeys during the world-famous Washingbay Sports.

Experts have long suspected that potholes in the general area are a legacy issue from years of camels tramping the pathways and loanans to train before the sports day. Additionally, it may also explain the persistent rumours that every year half a dozen local women ran off to Saudi Arabia on the back of a camel to pursue studies in oil refineries and palace-building.

Local historian Imelda Cassidy (89) was delighted at the finding:

“This photo confirms what I saw with my own eyes as a child. There were loads of camels dandering about whilst…

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