Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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

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.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The Made in Dagenham cast with Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis. Photo: Mark Sepple

It’s been nearly 50 years since women workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant went on strike for equal rights, writes Wayne Savage, who met two of them as a new production of Made In Dagenham comes to the New Wolsey.

The Cheeky Monkeys perform at Ipswich Has Talent

Suffolk’s finest talent had a date at the Ipswich Regent on Saturday night.

Made in Dagenham which opens next week at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. L-R Christian Kraus, Alex Tomkins, Paige Smith, Daniella Bowen

Based on the highly successful British film, which charted the struggle women workers had for equal pay, this colourful musical tackles some thought-provoking subjects with a mixture of passion, insight and a justifiable sense of indignation.

Made in Dagenham, now at Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre. Photo: Mark Sepple

Acclaimed musical Made in Dagenham opens at The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich today.

Mike McClean, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent

Love to dance? Then Enchanted Entertainment want to see you this weekend, writes Wayne Savage.

Made in Dagenham which opens next week at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. L-R Martina Isibor, Sarah Scowen, Daniella Bowen, Sioned Saunders, Angela Bain, Elizabeth Rowe, Sophie-May Feek

Made in Dagenham is a new musical based on the popular film. It combines great music, laughter and drama but, as arts editor Andrew Clarke finds out, director Douglas Rintoul is anxious to root the show in the real world

The cast of All or Nothing recreating the look and the sound of 1960s Mod band The Small Faces at the New Wolsey Theatre

The Small Faces were, for four brief but shining years, one of Britain’s most creative, best loved bands. They, along with The Who, were the symbols of Mod culture in Britain. During their times together they had a string of catchy r’n’b-influenced hit singles before branching out into psychedelia in the late 60s and scored a number one hit album with their intriguingly packaged concept album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, which was designed to resemble a round tobacco tin.

Girls by Theresa Ikoko at the HighTide festival

The female experience is explored at this year’s HighTide Festival. All collectively present the personal as political, giving a strong, heart breaking, transgressive voice to universal truths and relative, urgent horror.

Pilgrims by Elinor Cook at the HighTide festival

Elinor Cook presents an intriguing line of enquiry in this play: In a world that celebrates the concept of adventure in men how can women reclaim the narrative beyond being the prize or the one who waits.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24