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Prize pooches took to the ring for this weekend’s annual Blackpool Championship Dog Show.

Sunshine saw hundreds turn out on Friday at Crown Fields, in Westby, for the show, which sees majestic mutts strut their stuff in the hope of winning a place at next year’s Crufts.

The hopeful entrants line up with their pooches at the Blackpool Championship Dog Show.

The hopeful entrants line up with their pooches at the Blackpool Championship Dog Show.

The show’s secretary, Steve Hall, said: “This is one of the best shows we’ve had here because of the weather, last year was a bit of a washout with the rain.

“It’s been a good atmosphere and I think the sun brings the best out of people.

“You don’t want it to be red hot because of the dogs, but we just want it to be nice for the rest of the weekend.”

Dog lovers travelled across the country in their hope of their pet winning a much coveted rosette.

Blackpool Championship Dog Show

Blackpool Championship Dog Show

Di Stark, 62, brought her two-year-old miniature pinscher Elliott from her home near Canterbury, in Kent.

She said: “It’s a really nice show and the weather has been kind to us this year.

“This is the first time we’ve been to Blackpool for about 10 years.”

Sandra and David Dennison’s one-year-old poodle James came third out of four in his category.

However, they still enjoyed the show.

Sandra, 60, from Rossendale, said: “We were due a good show after the last couple of ones, this is our local show and it’s fabulous.”

David, 50, added: “It’s a lovely one to do and it’s a well organised show.”