SLIDESHOW: Barking mad for charity

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It was walkies with a difference for pooches this weekend, as more than 250 dogs carried out a superhero sponsored walk for charity.

Marvellous mutts and precious pedigrees took to Lawsons Road showground near Stanley Park dressed as superheroes for a 5k walk for Brian House Children’s Hospice’s Bark in the Park.

Dogs make efforts to impress their owners and (below) crowds on the walk on the Lawson Road showground.

Dogs make efforts to impress their owners and (below) crowds on the walk on the Lawson Road showground.

And it wasn’t just furry friends in fancy dress on Saturday, as some owners came dressed up as well.

Jane Molyneux from the hospice said: “Lots of people really got into character for the event.

“This was our third annual Bark in the Park, and we decided to tie it in with Children’s Hospice Week, which supports children’s hospices all over the country, whose theme was heroes.

“Heroes are whatever you make them to be, and in the hospice its our staff, volunteers and our patients.”

Bark in the Park at Lawson Showground, Blackpool, raising money for Brian House Children's Hospice.

Bark in the Park at Lawson Showground, Blackpool, raising money for Brian House Children's Hospice.

The event was opened by Brian House patient Michael Willacy, 16, whose dog took part in the sponsored walk.

As well as the main events, stalls were set up around the show ground, selling dog products and grooming, and there was a dog agility demonstration.

Jane said: “This is a great event for families to enjoy a nice day out with their dogs. Some people even borrowed dogs from the neighbours to take part.

“It’s one of the best events we do.”

Bark in the Park attracted more that 250 dogs, and is expected to have raised up to £7,500.

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