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Kennel Club Charitable Trust welcomes Peter Mann

The Trustees of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Mann as a Trustee, says a KC press release issued last Tuesday.

Peter Mann led a successful appeal to raise £1 million for the Trust over a two year period in 2000/2002, and was the instigator of the auction of dog art and memorabilia held at Crufts over the past few years, the proceeds of which go to the Trust.

Mike Townsend, Chairman of Trustees, said; "We are pleased that Peter Mann has accepted our invitation to become a Trustee, and we look forward to putting his skills and contacts to good use in the furtherance of our charitable objectives, which all have the dog at their heart".

The world of pedigree dogs was rocked last january by the announcement of the withdrawal of the Crufts 2004 Best in show judge Mrs Joyce Mann from her appointment. She also withdrew from all future appointments and retired from judging at the time.

In addition her husband Peter Mann resigned as a Kennel Club Trustee, from the Finance and General purposes Committee, the General Committee and as Chairman of Crufts Show Committee.

The two moves, announced in Kennel Club press releases, followed the anonymous circulation of a letter damning Mrs Joyce W Mann’s breeding activities in Yorkshire Terriers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was sent to various OUR DOGS columnists and also to those who contribute to our contemporary. Copies of the letter were also circulated in Europe and Australia.

In a press release last january the KC said: ‘The Kennel Club regrets to announce the resignation of Mr Peter Mann from the position of Trustee of the Kennel Club, member of the Kennel Club General Committee and Chairman of Crufts.

‘Peter Mann has advised his colleagues on the General Committee of his decision and, with great regret, the Chairman, Ronnie Irving, has accepted his resignation.

‘Peter Mann’s resignation was made at the same time as the decision of his wife Joyce to withdraw from her appointment to judge Best in Show at Crufts 2004 and all future judging appointments, and to retire from judging.

‘As a member of General Committee, the Board of Kennel Club Services and the Finance & General Purposes Sub Committee, Peter Mann has made a huge contribution to the work of the Kennel Club over many years. In addition he took the Chair of the Crufts Committee in 2001 and brought his own relaxed style to the management of the Show. Peter headed up the hugely successful campaign to raise one million pounds for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust – overseeing the Charitable Trust Auction for the last three years at Crufts.

‘In his letter to his colleagues on the General Committee Peter has made it clear that, in view of anonymous accusations circulating, he felt that he had no alternative but to resign. Out of loyalty and support for his wife and a desire to prevent any damage to the reputation and standing of the Kennel Club and Crufts and all they do to promote dogs, he considered this to be the only sensible course of action.

‘Kennel Club Chairman Ronnie Irving said, ‘Peter will be very much missed both by staff and fellow committee members. He is a man who has contributed significantly to the Kennel Club – over many years, much more than most will ever realise. He has worked tirelessly fundraising for the Charitable Trust and was instrumental in raising over one million pounds for the sake of dogs. His resignation is a great loss both to the Kennel Club in particular and to the world of dogs in general.’

Mr Peter Mann also has resigned last year as a vice president of the Scottish Kennel Club and later as a member. He was a former Convener of the SKC and did much to re-establish the club following its financial difficulties in the early 1980s.