THOUSANDS of people enjoyed some rare summer sun at a host of events across Hartlepool and East Durham over the weekend.
Families and their four-legged friends descended on Seaton Carew yesterday for a charity funday aimed at helping man’s best friend.
The Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind hosted Go Walkies on the Seaton promenade, which included a host of entertainment.
There was a one-mile sponsored dog walk in aid of the charity, with dozens of dogs and their owners taking part.
Branch secretary Al Winton, 68, who walked with his seven-year-old guide dog Gypsy, said: “It was a fantastic event and such a success that we are looking to hold one every year.
“Everybody seemed to enjoy it and the weather was great.
“I would like to thank the public and dog owners for supporting us and Clever Pawz, Tesco, and Mackenzie Scaffolding in particular for their support.”
There were two main arenas off Coronation Drive, with one featuring dog agility displays, and the other hosting entertainment including a jazz band and Hartlepool’s newest all-female choir, the 20-strong Mum’s The Word.
There were also 30 vintage cars on show, fairground rides, face-painting, an Army display, paintball and a visit from Cleveland Fire Brigade and Cleveland Police horses.
There was also a dog show and a visit from alpacas, meerkats, snakes and spiders.
Dog lovers also flocked to the third annual Dogs Day Out, organised by Hartlepool & District Hospice, at Summerhill, off Catcote Road, on Saturday.
The event, sponsored by Pets at Home, included a sponsored dog walk, a dog show and obedience and training displays from local experts.
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “I was hoping to get 50 dogs taking part and we did which was great.
“It was a lovely day and everybody enjoyed taking part in something so worthwhile.”
Meanwhile, thousands of people also flocked to the annual Peterlee Show, now in its 40th year, over the weekend.
The two-day extravaganza started on Saturday with a parade from Peterlee Leisure Centre to the showfield, in Helford Road, followed by a touch rugby tournament and parachute display.
There was also a visit from meerkats, spiders and snakes plus performances on stage from professional artists, as well as the Peterlee Show’s very-own Search for a Star.
There was also a circus act with family workshops to give people the chance to hone their tricks and skills.
Visitors also had the chance to take part in a football tournament and a two-mile run and enjoy a dog show and a visit to the various marquees dedicated to community life, arts, crafts, hobbies and voluntary organisations.
l MORE pictures from the events will appear in the Hartlepool Mail and Peterlee Star.