SOUTH Tyneside’s Great North Dog Walk might not have broken any records – but it’s still the biggest in the world.
Sunday’s walk on The Leas in South Shields saw 20,247 pooches take part in the three-and-a-half mile trek.
However, this wasn’t quite enough to beat last year’s record – the event’s 17th Guinness World Record title – of 23,301 dogs.
Organiser Tony Carlisle, 56, from South Shields, says he doesn’t mind.
The father-of-two said: “We’re still the biggest dog walk in the world. We still have the title.
“For once it was nice not to have to worry about all the number crunching and enjoy the day.”
He said: “The weather was brilliant and people came from across the globe to take part. Everyone said they had a lovely time.”
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Of the 185 official breeds of dog in the UK, Mr Carlisle says each one was represented by pets taking part.
He also says he is confident that thousands of pounds will have been raised for the walk’s 15 charities.
He said: “Since the cash goes directly to the charities and not through myself, I can’t say for certain how much has been raised.
“But I am confident that thousands of pounds will have been raised.”
At the end of the weekend’s walk, Mr Carlisle scattered the ashes of his beloved dog Travis, who died almost a fortnight ago after suffering from a brain tumour.
Travis had helped the former Harton Technology College teacher start the walk for many years.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Mayoress Patricia Ridley, started the event.