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Celebrity judge supports show to aid hospital

REMEMBER ETHEL of EastEnders and her little dog? Actress Gretchen Franklin, 90, is a true dog lover, and not just when she’s working.

Her love of dogs has led her to agree to judge the ‘Dog the judge would most like to take home’ section of an exemption show which is being held in aid of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Middlesex.

The event takes place on Sunday 24th February from 10am onwards at the Stoke Horticultural Hall, Bell Lane, Stoke, near Guildford. It promises to be a really fun day with dogs of all shapes and sizes being judged in 15 classes.

Judging the pedigree sections will be international judge Mr Peter Jolley who works at the hospital. He has a Miniature Pinscher, Jenny and a Pekingese, Dickie, both aged 10. Peter is judging Leonbergers at Crufts two weeks later where he will be the television commentator for the International Junior Handler of Year final.

Other judges at the Stoke Horticultural Hall include Iris Cox of Horsell who is organising the event. She will judge Chihuahuas, Chinese Crested and Poodles.

Said Miss Cox: “We were delighted when Gretchen Franklin said she would judge a class. She is a marvellous character and her presence will just add a little something to the day. We know that supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital will be a worthwhile thing to do and we think that there must be lots of people who would enjoy joining us in Stoke Horticultural Hall for a happy day out.”

Anyone who would like more details can contact Miss Iris Cox on 01483-773406.