TOP dogs were rewarded at a countryside festival which proved a hit with people in Hartlepool.
The fun dog show was one of the main attractions at Summerhill Country Park when it hosted a Coast and Countryside Festival on Sunday.
Proud owners entered their pooches in the competition which had categories for everything from the waggiest tail and best groomed to the best biscuit catcher, handsomest dog and prettiest bitch.
The competition was judged by Rural West ward councillor Brenda Loynes.
There was lots of other activities going on to celebrate the local countryside.
Top wood sculptor Tommy Craggs gave a demonstration of his skills and in no time at all turned a block of wood into a frog.
Deborah Jefferson, a countryside officer with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Visitors to the festival enjoyed a whole host of activities and exhibitors including the chance to meet an Anglo Saxon couple in the recently refurbished roundhouse, Marko and Mr Bungle Magic Show, chainsaw carving, Teesside Woodturners, traditional sideshows including a coconut shy and tin can alley, welly throwing and the chance to make woodland crafts, bird boxes and bird feeders.”
The new festival was organised by the Friends of Hartlepool’s Wild Green Spaces.