WATCH: Great North Dog Walk celebrates 25 years

Dogs and their owners descended on South Shields today for the 25th Great North Dog Walk.

Organiser Tony Carlisle says that 25,000 canines took part in the annual event today on The Leas.

The 25th Great North Dog Walk took place today on The Leas, South Shields.

The 25th Great North Dog Walk took place today on The Leas, South Shields.

He said: “It’s magic, this is our 25th year and we’ve got 25,000 dogs taking part.

“It’s a bit windy but the sun is shining and everyone is having a lot of fun.

“It’s great to see people coming along to join in and help raise money for charities, and there are people here who’ve taken part every time or a lot of times over the years.”

Philip Mansbridge, regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, was also at the event.

Linda and John Gibson from South Shields with their rough collies Spike and Kizzy.

Linda and John Gibson from South Shields with their rough collies Spike and Kizzy.

He said: “Tony invited me along today and it’s great to be a part of it and to see all the people and dogs that are taken part.

“We’re also here to raise awareness and ask for support for our campaign against something that is going to happen in Yulin, China on June 21.

“10,000 dogs are going to be slaughtered for meat and we’re trying to put a stop to it so we’re asking people to sign a petition that we’ll send to the British Ambassador.”

Keith and Delaine Johnson, of Richmond Road, South Shields, were at the walk with their border terrier Tissy.

Sue Jarvis from Sunderland relaxing in the sun before the Great North Dog Walk with her red and white border collie Ruby.

Sue Jarvis from Sunderland relaxing in the sun before the Great North Dog Walk with her red and white border collie Ruby.

Delaine said: “This is out third dog walk and it’s just a great day out. The whole family come along and we all enjoy it together.

“Tissy loves seeing all the other dogs.”

Linda and John Gibson, of Mowbray Road, South Shields, were also there with their rehomed rough collies Spike and Kizzy.

Linda said: “We’ve taken part a few times and we always have a great time. It’s a great atmosphere for it puts South Shields on the map.”

Vicky Morris from Consett with her shih tzu and Japanese chin cross Teddy.

Vicky Morris from Consett with her shih tzu and Japanese chin cross Teddy.

Sue Jarvis, from Sunderland, went along with her red and white border collie Ruby.

She said: “This is my first time here and I came along with a friend, but I think it’s fantastic and a great opportunity to pat lots of different dogs. We’ll definitely be back.”

Vicky Morris, from Consett, was also a first timer at the walk with her 13-week-old shih tzu and Japanese chin cross Teddy.

She said: “It’s fab, I’ve been really looking forward to it and this is Teddy’s first real outing. We’ll definitely be back next year.”

Ann and Keith Miller, from Sunderland, took part with their Pyrenean mountain dogs Lumley and Kendal.

Ann said: “We’ve done it every year for the last 12 years and we’re here this time to support a charity.

Ann and Keith Miller from Sunderland with their Pyrenean mountain dogs Lumley and Kendal.

Ann and Keith Miller from Sunderland with their Pyrenean mountain dogs Lumley and Kendal.

“We’re raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support with our friend Terry Mattimore in memory of his wife Margaret who died last year.”

The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse started the walk with his wife, Patricia, the Mayoress.

He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that this event has taken place in South Shields for the last 25 years.

“It’s a fantastic atmosphere and it’s great to see so many people enjoying themselves.

“This is a great event for the borough and it’s amazing how well behaved the dogs are. That’s down to their loving owners.”

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