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Gallery: Thousands flock to fourth Essex Dog Day with their pet pooches

PUBLISHED: 19:08 24 August 2014 | UPDATED: 19:08 24 August 2014

Tracey Jenkins brought her Great Dane Toby to Essex Dog Day on Sunday, August 24.

Tracey Jenkins brought her Great Dane Toby to Essex Dog Day on Sunday, August 24.

Records fell as thousands of people flocked through the turnstiles at a popular dog day.

Around 9,000 people visited the fourth Essex Dog Day at Crix the Georgian Mansion in Hatfield Peverel today, accompanied by dogs big and small, shaggy and smooth with their tails wagging.

Hundreds of dogs vied for glory in the two show rings in classes ranging from Best Pedigree to The Dog Most Like Its Owner and even The Dog The Judge Would Most Like To Take Home.

Others raced over straw bales or sped over seesaws and through tunnels in a variety of agility, scurry or flyball competitions.

The cup for Best in Show was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, to six-year-old Westalier Phoebe - a cross between a Westie and a Prince Charles Cavalier.

Her owner wheelchair-bound Kitty Leach, from Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, said: “I didn’t think I could own a dog but Phoebe has changed my life, not only being a great companion but also fetching the post.

“Although a wonderful lap dog she’s very energetic and has worked as a PAT (Pets as Therapy) in the St Helena Hospice in Colchester.”

A Guinness World Record was also broken as 407 dogs and their owners wore a matching bandana in one place. The record was beaten to raise awareness and money for the Safer Places charity for the protection of victims of domestic abuse.

Ian Twinley, owner of Crix and chairman of the organising committee, said: “I promised Elaine Strutt when I bought the house that I would continue to hold charitable events here.

“Our generous sponsors have paid all the expenses of putting on this show so every penny raised here goes direct to the Essex Community Foundation and is distributed to local charities providing help and support to people in need.

Although the amount has not been totalled, it has “comfortably beaten” last year’s profit of £60,000.

Other attractions included fairground rides, a climbing wall, a birds of prey display, sheepdog masterclass and cheerleading, gymnastic and acrobatic performance from the Oblivion Allstars.

Have you ever wished that you were born early enough to have been part of Bobby Robson’s FA Cup winning side in May 1978? Well you don’t have to jump aboard the TARDIS or fall through a wormhole in time, you can just audition to take part in a new dance-led reconstruction of Ipswich Town’s history-making victory at Wembley.

Dozens of students are reflecting on the success of their latest show at the Ormiston Sudbury Academy.

Get ready for it, Take That musical The Band visits the Ipswich Regent next year.

This is the second take on the Ealing comedy classic I’ve seen in recent months and my favourite.

The Orchard Players invite you on a magical carpet ride to Peking market where street rat Aladdin’s plans to woo Princess Jasmine are interrupted by the evil Abanazer.

The Ipswich Regent and New Wolsey Theatre have plenty to cheer about, with record-breaking crowds buying pantomime tickets.

This season’s pantomime at the Princes Theatre in Clacton has become the most successful production ever at the venue – oh yes it has.

The Regal Theatre, in Stowmarket, is celebrating record attendance figures after over 8,300 people visited the complex in the town centre.

Sometimes, just sometimes, a show is so good that it’s difficult to put together a full, professional review as you simply want to shout from the rooftops: “It’s brilliant! Buy tickets!” Such is the case with this joyous production of Hairspray from The Children’s Theatre Company.

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