On Saturday 18th August, Loveashford worked in partnership with Guide Dogs Ashford to bring a first to the cobbles of Ashford town centre; Ashford Dog Show.
The free community event took place on North Street just off of Ashford High Street and gave away over 130 pre-register tickets for the event in the run up to the day.
Overall the event was well received by visitors, by those who travelled to the town centre specifically for the event as well as those passing by who stopped to enter their dog into the show.
The show offered a number of classes for visitors to enter their dogs into for free, including waggiest tail, most handsome dog and best junior handler. Each class had three rosettes up for grabs which were presented by Ashford’s deputy Mayor, Cllr Jenny Webb, plus a Best in Show rosette that was won by a lovely black Labrador called Clueso!
Ashford Dog Show is part of larger calendar of summer events called Splashes of Summer, designed to drive footfall and increase visitor dwell time in Ashford town centre over the summer holiday period.
The great British high street will always be a great location for community events. As footfall slowly returns to town centres up and down the country with the promise of new experiences and creative business ideas, people are turning to their high streets once again to find that community spirit. It was agreed by many who attended the event that Ashford Dog Show was a great example of what could be achieved in the Ashford high street, not just as a destination for shopping and business but as a place for local people to come together as a community.
To see more photos from the day, visit the Facebook event page here.