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Sutton on Sea Carnival Parade
July 31st

     Sutton on Sea is a small seaside resort on the Lincolnshire coast and we have taken part in their  summer carnival parade for several years now.
     This year the weather was just perfect, sunny right until the parade started, so plenty of spectators and then the sun      disappeared behind the clouds as we began, perfect for the dogs carting.
     A small group of us (6 carts and 11 dogs) gathered in the morning in plenty of time to have a walk on the beach and a paddle in the sea, then time for lunch and socialising before lining up for the parade at 2:45. The cheers and applause of the crowds as they saw the dogs and the ooh's and aah's as we pass by is lovely to experience.
     We were well entertained by a marching band a little in front of us, which helped us all to have a spring in our step on the way round. The parade took us an hour to complete but there are plenty of short stops for the dogs to rest on the way.
     Then a leisurely time to pack away the carts as the sun
appeared again. A really lovely day.

Getting ready to start

In the main street

Turning back into main street

Group line up at the end

Epworth Country Show
Aug 29th   

Although this is a large one-day show we always get a warm welcome and a good turn out for this event. We can arrive the evening before which helps us to put up our display tent and get everything ready and several of us took advantage as it was a lovely evening. There is a bit of everything at this show, from Shire horse classes and equestrian events to fairground rides, tractors and horticultural classes. A packed day with plenty to see for everyone, young and old, and a strong community feel to the event. Once again the training cart was put to good use, very successful with new carters Julie and Tony Phillips getting their dog quite quickly into pulling a cart. They even managed a walk around the show site with us carting in line in one of our walk-abouts. Ian and Jill travelled down from Teeside as their gang really helps to swell the numbers and little Nikki always gets lots of attention, which she laps up. It was great to see our old friends Ian and Linda Parkinson who once again have a carting dog (Humphrey) who is doing really well. Once again ring performances and parades around the event and the weather was warm enough for the 'cool coats' to be put to good use. It was a relaxing and happy day with lots of chatting, laughs and good company.

On walkabout

Return from walkabout

A friendly gathering in the tent

Otto asking why Doris is on the chair

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