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WET weather failed to dampen spirits as families enjoyed the fun of the fair at a fundraising event.

The Mayor of Hartlepool’s Community Fun Day was organised to raise cash for Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher’s chosen charities.

It took place at Rift House Recreational Ground, known as Rift House “Rec”, off Kingsley Avenue.

It was organised by the Mayor in partnership with Rift House East Residents’ Association, Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre and Hart Gables.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities for this year – the RNLI, Hartlepool & District Hospice, the Great North Air Ambulance and Miles for Men.

As well as a host of attractions, including the characters from the popular Disney film Frozen, fairground rides, a circus skills workshop, cute and cuddly farm animals and stalls selling fancy goods, there was also a fun dog show.

Open to pedigrees and non-pedigrees, the dog show has a range of categories including Best Puppy (aged six to 12 months), Best Pedigree, Best Crossbreed or Mongrel, Dog with the Waggiest Tail, Best Six Legs (dog and owner), Best Trick, Cutest Dog, Best in Show and Mayor’s Favourite.

The dog show was again judged by Hartlepool psychic medium Peter Crawford, who owns and shows dogs himself.

Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher said: “It was a success. Despite the rain, people seemed to enjoy it.

“The Frozen show and the bands went down very well and the traders had a good day. I’m pleased that despite the showers people came out to support the event.

“We raised £1,150, which is great.”




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