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First High Lane Dog Show a success

High Lane Best In Show

A late September sun made a welcome appearance on Saturday afternoon, helping to make the first ever High Lane Dog Show and Fun Day a resounding success. The event was hosted by the Friends of High Lane and Brookside Parks, and will hopefully be the first of many coming events to be alternated between the two sites.

High Lane Dog Show

Two separate arenas were marked out on the field at High Lane Park. Dozens of well-behaved pooches were on parade in the first, with awards for both adult and child owners in a variety of categories including Cutest Puppy, Waggiest Tail and Best Dog in Fancy Dress. The second was set up as an obstacle course, where dogs were put through their paces in an agility test under the watchful eye of trainers from Hawk Green's Absolute Canine.

High Lane Dog Show

Proceedings got underway at 12:45, with an official opening by the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport. A queue was soon forming at the registration tent as hopeful hounds and their owners signed up to take part. Throughout the afternoon there was music on offer from Dreamsounds Disco and a good choice of food for the hungry crowd. A bouncy castle was set up and stalls were run by various groups and businesses from around the area. Prizes for the raffle included vouchers for hair and beauty treatments, garage services and even fuel with local businesses really getting behind the idea. 

High Lane Dog Show

The friends group conducted a survey in June. There were more than 300 responses, demonstrating a clear interest with many shared ideas. Of particular concern was a lack of play equipment for older children, particularly in Brookside Park. Another popular suggestion was picnic tables and benches, with flower beds also high up on the list.

Although Stockport Council will not allow beds, flower tubs are considered an appropriate alternative and it is hoped they will soon be in place. Drainage is an issue at both sites, with the High Lane Park football pitch becoming a 'mud bath' during the winter months. The group would like to raise sufficient funds to address the problem. Many residents expressed a desire to see more events in the parks and several more are in the pipeline. A 'Brass In The Park' day is being considered, as is an Easter event in Brookside Park. They are also looking into a comedy night at the Conservative Club – keep checking our “What's On” section for details.

High Lane Dog Show

In order to galvanise fundraising efforts, the group has joined with the Friends of Windlehurst Park and formed the Friends of High Lane Parks. With both groups uniting to share the burden, villagers can look forward to a whole host of fun activities.

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