RACING pigeons have flown over York as part of a nationwide tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

The city was among 65 that saw 10 pigeons each released to honour the life of Prince Philip on the day of his funeral.

The tribute was arranged by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association because of the Duke's love of the sport.

The Royal Family has participated in the sport for some generations and has a loft at Sandringham.

John Thompson, a third generation pigeon racer, brought 10 of his pigeons from Thornaby and released them in Memorial Gardens at 12pm.

He observed both coronavirus social distancing and avian flu restrictions. Currently birds from different lofts are not allowed to mix.