Canine capers for Mayor’s charity

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CANINE capers will be the order of the day at a bumper family fun event this month.

A dog show will be a key element of a fundraising event at Rift House “Rec” in aid of the charity appeal of Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Hartlepool’s Ceremonial Mayor.

All money raised at the event, on Saturday, July 27, will benefit three cancer charities that Councillor Akers-Belcher is supporting during his year in office - Macmillan Cancer Support, the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust and Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group.

It is open to both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs, the dog show has a range of entry categories, including Best Puppy (aged 6-12 months), Best Pedigree, Best Cross Breed or Mongrel, Dog with the Waggiest Tail, Best Six Legs (dog and owner), Best Trick, Cutest Dog, Best in Show and Mayor’s Favourite Dog.

It will take place from 12.30pm-2.30pm and entry costs just £1 per dog per class. Owners can register their dogs up until 11.30am on the day.

The dog show is again being organised and judged by Hartlepool psychic medium Peter Crawford who shows dogs himself, with assistance from Councillor Marjorie James.

He said: “We had lots of fun when we staged a similar event at Councillor Akers-Belcher’s charity day last year and we hope it will be just as successful this time around.”

As well as the dog show, there will be lots of other attractions at the fun day, including fairground rides, market stalls, a Cleveland Fire Brigade display, a teddy bears’ picnic, a Safer Hartlepool Partnership roadshow, a bouncy castle, security stamping of bikes, a magic show, a demonstration by the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders and Just Freestyle Dance and a circus skills workshop.

Coun Akers-Belcher said: “We are try to create a fun day that has something for everyone and I hope local people come along, have a great day and also help me raise some money for three very worthy charities that do so much good work for victims of cancer and their families.”

There are still opportunities to for individuals and groups to hire market stalls for the day at the cost of £10 per stall.

He added: “This is a chance for people to perhaps try out their own business ideas and earn some extra cash.”

There is also a limited number of places available in a special promotions marquee aimed at local businesses and organisations. These are available for a minimum donation of £10.

Anyone wishing to hire a stall or secure their place in the marquee should call Karen Mason on (01429) 523702.