The world’s biggest dog walk is coming back to South Tyneside – with organisers hoping it will bark its way into the record books yet again.
The annual Great North Dog Walk will take place in South Shields next Sunday.
Organiser Tony Carlisle feels the number of entries could burst through the 30,000 barrier, with a Guinness World Record-breaking 28,947 canines having entered last year.
Mr Carlisle said: “We’re the biggest dog walk in the world and want people to help us make it bigger than ever.
“This is another world record attempt, and it couldn’t be easier for people to enter their dogs, as they can register on the day.
“My target has always been to break through the 30,000 mark, and I believe that is a realistic aim this year.
We’re the biggest dog walk in the world and want people to help us make it bigger than everTony Carlisle
“We’re very excited about it and hope the whole community will come along to show their support.”
Over 30 charities are set to benefit from the event, which is being staged for the 27th time.
However, Mr Carlisle admits he has never found it tougher to organise the dog walk after losing main sponsor Pedigree.
The manufacturers of premium natural joint supplement YuMOVE, Lintbells, have stepped in, though, to ensure the event takes place again.
Mr Carlisle added: “This has been the most difficult dog walk to organise so far, because of a lack of sponsorship.
“Pedigree pulled out because of Brexit, as they import most of their produce.
“It has been really hard work, but thankfully we’ve got a new sponsor now.
“That only happened very recently, and they go with Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, Sapphire Engineering and Little Haven in supporting us.
“The dog walk was under threat before that.”
A food village will be introduced at the event for the first time this year, featuring food from around the world.
Even those without a dog will be able to attend.
The walk takes place at The Leas, in South Shields, with dogs and their owners taking a three-mile stroll of the picturesque course, and a host of other activities offered.
The event is on between 9am and 3pm, and people can sign their dogs up on the day or by visiting www.greatnorthdogwalk.co.uk
The walk started with just 13 dogs in 1990.