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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.

Theatre in the Forest returns to Jimmy’s Farm as Shakespeare meets the wild west (with a dash of Richard Curtis) in Red Rose Chain’s As You Like It.

Katherine Jenkins is one of the few artists who could look perfectly picturesque gliding towards the Waterfront Stage at Latitude Festival.

Festival goers to Latitude put their best fashion foot forward at the Suffolk festival.

The melodic guitar riffs blared out with a bouncing success as Two Door Cinema Club took to the Obelisk stage on Saturday afternoon.

Skies were looking grim over the main stage but the chilled, dance anthems of Milky Chance managed to just keep the weather at bay, and get everyone in the crowd dancing and jumping in time with the guitar beat.

American comic Reginald D Hunter was at his offensive best despite having to perform his set from a wheelchair after breaking a leg.

With his charming good looks and energy filled set, it’s hardly surprising the comedy tent was filled with enough young girls to rival a One Direction concert.

It’s hard to believe this wry and witty comedian started out as a corporate lawyer, although then again it’s not.

Lucy Rose, Skott and Joel Dommett were among the acts to strut their stuff on Saturday afternoon at Henham Park as Latitude Festival continued.

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