The Great North Dog Walk celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday (June 7th), with a whopping 25,000 pooches taking part in the event.

Having started in 1990, the event takes place every year in South Shields, and has snapped up the Guinness World Record for the largest dog walk ever held on a number of occasions.

Speaking to The Shields Gazette yesterday, organiser Tony Carlisle expressed his excitement at seeing so many dogs coming together for the 25th anniversary.

"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," he added.

The annual 3.5 mile walk begins in The Leas in South Shields, and follows a coastal route along the cliffs. There are also shorter routes which run along different surfaces to make sure that people and pooches of all ages abilities to take part.

The were approximately 185 different breeds at this year's event, giving owners and pets alike the chance to see and meet a variety of pets.

Written by: Hannah