A cram-packed funday for all of your family

Al Winton pictured at the event.
Al Winton pictured at the event.

FROM dog shows to vintage cars and meerkats to birds of prey – a fundraising event for Guide Dogs promises to be cram-packed with activity.

More than six hours of attractions are promised at a sponsored dog walk and family funday in early September in Hartlepool.

The event on the seafront has been organised by the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of the Guide Dogs organisation.

Officials are urging thousands of people to cone along and turn the occasion into a record breaker.

Branch secretary Al Winton said: “We had more than 3,000 people last year and we want to beat that this time.”

The fun starts at 10am on the promenade at Seaton Carew, on Sunday, September 1, and lasts until 4.30pm.

The huge list of activities includes a sensory tunnel in which sighted people can experience what life is like for those with vision impairment.

A dog agility display is also on the way, as well as a fun dog show with sections including the waggiest tail. Registration is £1 per dog, per class and there are prizes for each class.

A guide dogs display is also planned and so is a chance for the public to be blindfolded and led by a guide dog.

The impressive schedule also includes a sponsored dog walk from 1pm, and the public are being encouraged to enter their pets.

A funfair for children should keep the younger generation entertained, and so should a chance to enjoy face painting. And for those with a love for wildlife and animals, there will be birds of prey, and a chance for people to have a photograph taken with alpacas.

Al said: “There will also be meerkats, snakes and spiders on display for people to pet and have their photographs taken with.

“There will also be a large display of vintage cars, various ice cream and burger vans and 20 different local traders who will be holding stalls.”

Artists from Red Dreams will be giving performances and Al added: “We have also got tombolas and information about Guide Dogs. We are doing free dog chipping and the reason for doing it all is to raise money for Guide Dogs.

“All the money raised by the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of Guide Dogs in this area will be spent in the area.” For more information on the day’s fun, contact Al on (01429) 267777.