It’s a dog’s life for the Yorkshire Vet

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

The Yorkshire Vet was mobbed by fans at the Paddles and Paws event on the Sands piazza in Scarborough.

Peter Wright, who stars in The Yorkshire Vet on TV on Tuesday evenings, arrived late and blamed slow-moving traffic between Thirsk and Scarborough.

He posed for photos with people and their dogs including Llewllew (pronounced Lulu), a French bulldog aged 10 months.

He judged a best-in-show competition and talked about his new book, The Yorkshire Vet - in the Footsteps of Herriot, to be published on 18 October.

Peter worked with Alf White and Donald Sinclair - the original James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in the book and TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

The event, organised by Scarborough Council and Create, was designed to educate the public on protecting and preserving beaches and seas by being a responsible dog owner as well as encouraging recycling and litter picking.

Stalls were run by various organisations including Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue, a charity run by volunteers that has rehomed 317 dogs.

Expertise about rescuing and re-homing dogs was available from the RSPCA, Poodle Network UK and the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). The council’s dog warden offered advice and guidance to dog owners.

The marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage, which works with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life, took part.

Sea Life Centre staff educated people on plastic pollution and gave advice on how to help keep beaches clean. 

A team from Project Kraken, a police initiative which tackles criminal activity at ports, marinas, harbours and waterways, raised awareness of their work.

Scarborough RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager Andy Volans handed out leaflets advertising the rescue charity’s Respect the Water and Swim Safe initiatives.

Other organisations and businesses represented included Welcome to Yorkshire, the Body Shop, Kasper’s Kanine Treats and Fur Dos dog grooming.