Thousands expected for resort dog show

The annual Blackpool Championship Dog Show.

The annual Blackpool Championship Dog Show.

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Dog lovers and their pets will descend on the Fylde coast this weekend as one of the largest events in the summer calendar comes to town.

More than 8,000 people and animals are expected to visit the Blackpool Championship Dog Show in Westby over Friday, Saturday and Sunday to compete in preliminary rounds for Crufts.

Dogs are expected to come from as far afield as Germany and Belgium in the hope of qualifying for the prestigious Crufts show which takes place in March of next year.

There will also be trade stands where dog owners can get their hands on some unique goods.

Steve Hall, organiser of the show at Crown Fields, Westby Road, said: “We are expecting thousands and it’s the biggest event on the Fylde coast apart from the Open golf.

“There’s a multitude of trade stands that sell a lot of things you can’t find on the high street. There are leads and coats on sale and that’s a big attraction for people.

“It’s a massive weekend and we have dogs coming from Germany, Belgium and all over the UK.”

Shows begin at 9am each day and include toys, terriers and utility on Friday, gun dogs and hounds on Saturday and pastoral breads during the Sunday.

Admission is £10 and covers parking for all three days.

The dog show was first held in Blackpool in 1921 and has gradually increased in popularity and size over its long history.

It can now be found on the 34 acre site in Crown Fields, Westby.

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