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Poodles wanted!

A SURREY Museum is asking the nation’s Poodle owners to help with its forthcoming centenary celebrations in June, but is very particular about what Poodle it needs!

It must be a white, male, standard poodle with a utility or lamb cut, that is benign in nature yet ready to turn it on for the cameras. The explanation for such an odd search lies with motoring fanatic Hugh Locke King, founder of Brooklands Museum, whose other passion was his succession of pet Poodles, all called John.

Hugh and his wife Ethel were never seen without John loyally at their heels, riding in a family car or curled up at his master's feet.

Brooklands will unveil the modern-day John incumbent along with actors playing Hugh and Ethel at the Centenary Charity Ball being held at Mercedes-Benz World on Friday, June 15. The winning Poodle will greet guests at a lavish drinks reception before being given the VIP treatment with a dish of specially-prepared tasty treats.

Owners of the dog will be given the chance to mix with the crème de la crème of Surrey society and stars of the motorsport world at the reception.

Auditions will be held shortly, so anyone with a dog with pedigree potential should contact Celia Rhodes on 01932 857381 ext 243.