Hartlepool was overrun with bulldogs today as a celebratory event came to town.
Bulldog Day UK north was once again held at Rossmere Centre, in Rossmere Way, and dogs and their owners came in their dozens to join in the fun.
The canines took part in events in a bid to win rosettes while visitors made the most of stalls, games and refreshments.
Bulldog Day UK founder, Vicky Collins-Natrass, said: “Bulldog Day UK was my idea because I thought that all the bulldog events that are held nationally are for show people and not for pets, and if you own a bulldog you can feel very isolated because they’re not that common a dog that you’d meet every day while out on a walk.
“It’s for everyone who owns a bulldog, loves a bulldog and wants to know about them and the fundraising that we make, if we make any profit from the day, is given to rescue.”
Michelle Stonehouse, organiser of the Hartlepool event, added: “I’d like to thank everyone who supports us . There are only two of these events. One is in Newark and I organise the one here in Hartlepool and as you can see, it’s gone from strength to strength.
I think we’ve had about 130 dogs in this time and everyone has had a great time.Michelle Stonehouse, organiser
“I think we’ve had about 130 dogs in this time and everyone has had a great time.
“I want to thank everyone for helping me out after my accident too.
“I had a really bad accident three weeks ago and broke a vertebrae and a lot of bulldog people came to help me set up the event and I’d like to thank them all.”
The event has become an annual attraction in Hartlepool with people from all over the country attending.
The event includes classes and competitions to find the ‘prettiest bitch’ and ‘most handsome dog’ as well as fancy dress and lessons in dog handling.