White Wedding doves based in Kent

The White Doves of Dover have been released in honour of many significant dates. Recent releases including the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Operation Dynamo and also as part of the largest simultaneous white dove release in memorial to those who lost their lives on September 11 2001.

Dove releases also have a long association with celebratory events, one of the most longstanding being the celebration of the Olympic Games.

When the Olympic Games of the modern era were reinstated to the world, more than 1,500 years later, in 1896 in their birthplace, Athens, the Greeks also reintroduced homing pigeons at the closing of the ceremonies as they did in ancient times. In the 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium, they introduced and released hundreds of white homing pigeons in the opening ceremonies. In the 1936 Olympics held Berlin, Germany, they released 20,000 white homing pigeons in the opening ceremonies. White homing pigeons have become an integral part of the Olympic Ceremonies and protocol.

With the 2012 Olympic Games due to be held in London, The White Doves of Dover look forward to commemorating this special event.

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