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Fin-tastic turnout at tropical fish event

GREAT TURNOUT ... at the South Tyneside Aquatic, Marine & Pondkeeper Society annual festival are, from left, Dr David Ford; show secretary, John Doughwaite, and secretary, Bede Kerrigan.

GREAT TURNOUT ... at the South Tyneside Aquatic, Marine & Pondkeeper Society annual festival are, from left, Dr David Ford; show secretary, John Doughwaite, and secretary, Bede Kerrigan.

An annual tropical fish festival went swimmingly for organisers as people travelled across the country to showcase their pets.

Hundreds of people packed out the Charles Young Centre, in Talbot Road, South Shields, on Sunday for the eighth South Tyneside Aquatic, Marine & Pondkeeper Society (STAMPS) event.

The show gave fish owners the chance to put their pets on display as well as seek advice on looking after their fish from leading experts including Dr David Ford.

Dr Ford, who has written a number of books, has travelled the world offering aquatic advice to such organisations as SeaWorld in America.

STAMPS secretary Bede Kerrigan said: “We have had some very good fish entered into the show this year. Last year’s winner went on to win the title of supreme champion at the British championships, in London, so you never know we might have another winner here this year.

“We have had a great turnout with people travelling from as far away as Inverness to attend. It’s just nice to see people continuing to take an interest.

“The day also helps to raise money for charity.”

As well as advice, visitors had the chance to buy fish and aquarium equipment during an auction.

Dr Ford, who travelled from Halifax, said: “Years ago, we had 300 clubs throughout the UK. Now we have 100 but everyone in those clubs is devoted. It’s important events like these continue.”

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