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Suffolk Dog Day cancelled due to health concerns sparked by hot weather

PUBLISHED: 13:40 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:03 24 July 2018

The event has been attracting dogs of all shapes and sizes for over a decade Picture: RICHARD FERRIS IMAGES

The event has been attracting dogs of all shapes and sizes for over a decade Picture: RICHARD FERRIS IMAGES

RICHARD FERRIS IMAGES

Suffolk's biggest annual canine celebration has been cancelled due to concerns about health risks associated with the hot weather.

The event, now in its 11th year, was due to held at Helmingham Hall on Sunday, July 29.

The team at Suffolk Community Foundation made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event after the recent bout of hot weather sparked concerns about ground conditions in the region.

Having sought the opinion of experts and key stakeholders, organisers felt that safety for dogs and owners alike could not be guaranteed in the current conditions.

The team wished to offer “sincere apologies” to all those disappointed by the news, and vouched to host the “biggest, best and safest Suffolk Dog Day ever” in 2019.

A statement released by the Suffolk Community Foundation said: “The safety and enjoyment of visitors to Suffolk Dog Day comes first whether on two legs and four. This has always been fundamental to the principles of this much loved annual event.

“Having sought the opinion of experts and key stakeholders, it was felt that high standards of safety could not be guaranteed and the associated risks to the general public were too high.

“Sincere apologies are offered for the disappointment and disruption that this may cause to all loyal Suffolk Dog Day supporters who we know will feel sad to hear this news, which is fully supported by Edward Tollemache and the team at Helmingham Hall.

“Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Suffolk Community Foundation’s dedicated volunteers, loyal sponsors, stallholders and supporters. We appreciate your understanding at this difficult time and we hope for your vital continued support in future years.”

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