Article by Guy Bell: Prized pooches strutted their stuff at this year's Bark in the Park, as judges searched for Billericay's number one pup.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes were entered into classes at Lake Meadows on Saturday as owners showed off their four-legged friends.
The popular event was the latest in the calendar of the Friends of Lake Meadows, as they also put on Carols in the Park, Jazz in the Park and the Great Lake Race.
Alison Bacon, one of the volunteers from the group, said the sun played its part in attracting a number of dog-lovers to the park.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Alison"]We were very lucky with the weather because it was superb for the whole day. It helped because it made a lot more people come and they ended up staying longer as well. It was quite an impressive sight as you turned up to the park, because as people came in there were bouncy castles and trampolines. Children were also zorbing in a big pool.[/quote]
More than 150 dogs turned up to battle it out in the ring for the chance to take home the first prize rosette in the classes put on by Roy Dyer and his professional dog crew.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Alison"]Lots and lots of people entered their dogs into classes and there was a display at around 12.45pm by the Essex Dog Display Team. We had probably 50 per cent more dogs entered into the classes and competitions than we had last year and there were a lot more classes. We had a junior handler class with young owners entering and there were parents who encouraged their kids to enter too. There were two separate rings for the displays and classes. One was for the more serious owners with their dogs which kept them happy and there was another one for others.[/quote]
The small fee to enter the classes will be pumped back into future events at Lake Meadows and Alison is already getting ready to prepare for December's Carols in the Park.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Alison"]We are very pleased with how the event went. At a successful event like this we only charge a small price, which was £2 to enter the classes. Whatever money we make from these events goes into the other things we do in the year. We have lots of volunteers here who give up their time to help run these things.[/quote]
Images and article: Brentwood Gazette, Guy Bell