South Shields' Great North Dog Walk 30th anniversary event postponed

The organiser of the Great North Dog Walk is “bitterly disappointed” as the event is postponed amid the coronavirus crisis.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 1:53 pm

The 30th anniversary of the event, which was due to take place on Sunday, June 7 has now been put back until Sunday, September 27, 2020.

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The Great North Dog Walk has been postponed until September 2020.

Earlier this week Prime minister Boris Johnson advised against mass gatherings and urged people to “avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues” in an attempt to reduce the risk.

Organiser Tony Carlisle is “bitterly disappointed” to have to postpone the anniversary event but says it was a “matter of common sense”.

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“Lets focus on our immediate health and that of others and together as a community we can get through this and aim for better things to come.”

It’s the second time the virus has left the world’s largest dog walk in jeopardy after a major Chinese sponsor was forced to pull out when the country went into lockdown earlier this year.

However, he had since secured the backing of local gym owner Mark Jensen - and more recently the RNLI and the Dogs Trust - and it was all set to go ahead.

“I am bitterly disappointed as it takes a full year to plan the event, coupled with raising many thousands of pounds for local charities and helping dogs to be fostered and re-homed. I want to thank the three organisations who stepped up – we still need more companies and individuals to contribute and donate.”

He added: “I will continue to raise funds for charitable causes for as long as I can.

“Hopefully, if we all rally together as a community and follow the hygiene rules and support our elderly and vulnerable we will beat this virus.”

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