SLIDESHOW: Thousands turn out for fun days across Hartlepool and East Durham

DOG owners took their pooches for an enjoyable stroll on Seaton front and did their bit for a town charity.

Dozens of different breeds of dogs wagged their tails at the sponsored walk and family fun day organised by the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Maurice with his owner Claire Wray during the Family Fun Day in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Maurice with his owner Claire Wray during the Family Fun Day in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Dog walkers from across Hartlepool took part before getting a taste of life being visually impaired by taking part in the “guide dog experience” – which saw residents blindfolded and led round an obstacle course.

It wasn’t all dog-related fun though.

A fun fair for children, vintage cars, pet stalls, face painting, meerkats and birds of prey helped to ensure a fun action-packed day for all the family at the event, held in Coronation Drive.

And it all helped to raise much-needed funds for the town branch of the Hartlepool charity.

BBC Radio Tees presenter Ali Brownlee with his dog Ben (front center) ready to start the sponsored dog walk during the Family Fun Day in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

BBC Radio Tees presenter Ali Brownlee with his dog Ben (front center) ready to start the sponsored dog walk during the Family Fun Day in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

There are around 350 visually impaired people in Hartlepool and only 13 guide dogs.

Organiser Al Winton, who enjoyed the day alongside his guide dog, Gypsy, said: “All of the money we raise will go towards breeding and training more guide dogs, we need more.”

Last year’s event raised £2,367 and although the money hasn’t been counted from yesterday yet, Al is hopeful of a similar total.

The 69-year-old said: “Everyone had a really good day.

“We had all sorts going on and a very good turn out, especially considering how windy it was down on the front.”

Meanwhile, nearly 4,000 people spent their Saturday night at the Peterlee Show, one highlight of the weekend-long extravaganza which was hailed as “absolutely fantastic” by delighted organisers.

More than five hours of live music went down a storm and was just a snippet of the entertainment on offer across the weekend.

Stunt shows, dog shows, falconry and vintage car displays, a brass band and football competition kept the thousands of visitors busy at the 41st annual running of the show, held around the Helford Road playing fields.

Fairground rides and various arts, crafts and stalls were also on offer for excited kids.

Delighted show co-ordinator Janet Hugil said: “It was an absolutely brilliant couple of days.

“The weather wasn’t as kind on Sunday but we still had a great response. There were so many highlights.”

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