Stylish show with plenty of wags

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Thousands of pooches turned out with pride for the biggest dog show in town.

Organisers say there were up to 3,000 pets at the 75th annual Blackpool Championship Dog Show, and up to 6,000 spectators.

The first day of the three day show at the Crown Fields on Westby Road, Westby, took place yesterday, when dogs in the toy, terrier and utility categories strutted their stuff in the hope of making it through to the Crufts qualifiers.

Event secretary Steven Hall said: “It’s been a very busy but fabulous event.

“And the weekend’s set to be even busier.”

The reason the event was so popular, Steven says, is down to the weather. “It’s been such a lovely day, and it’s supposed to be even nicer over the weekend,” he said.

“That’s the best thing for us. We weren’t this busy last year because it rained.”

Steven said the standard on day one had been very good.

“The whole weekend is just about being having a good time and showing off their dogs. It’s always been a good event, and this one was no different,” he added.

The championships aim to show off the best dogs in the world and bills itself as the “largest canine extravaganza” in the North West.

It also boasts up to 50 trade stands. Today’s show will feature gundogs and hounds, and tomorrow will be for working, pastoral and best in show categories.




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