Gala day for dogs

DOG owners are being urged to bring along their pets for a charity show.

The Stray Aid Dog Show Gala is being held at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield with fun including face-painting, a bouncy castle and a tombola.

The show, on Sunday, May 27, has been organised by the Stray Aid dog shelter to raise funds and will be opened by HRH Princess Helen of Romania at 11am.

Also on the day there will be a volunteering day for people to help clear ragwort, which is an unwanted plant, growing near the Temple of Minerva at the park.

Durham County Council’s countryside service is welcoming anyone who wants to take part, with tools being provided on the day.

The conservation event is part of the Meet the Species project, which aims to record 2012 plants and animals in the year of the Olympics.

It costs £2 to enter a dog in the show and the gala runs from 11am to 3pm.