A VOLUNTARY group has hosted its first fun dog show.

Categories such as celebrity lookalike, handler and dog most alike and best biscuit catcher provided much amusement for the hundreds of people and dogs who came to the event, organised by Mosley Common in Bloom.

Chas, a blue Staffordshire bull terrier who was rescued from horrendous cruelty at the hands of its previous owner was the star of the show, winning a gold medal for coming first in his class and romping home with the trophy for Show Champion.

Maxine Abberley, MCIB chairwoman said: “Creating a sense of community is central to the aims of our group and this sort of event is just what is needed to bring people together.

“MCIB would like to thank all the sponsors, stall holders, helping hands and supporters who made the day a fantastic success.”

The shows mascot Mosley the dog kept children entertained and there was also face painting, a bouncy castle and bicycle training while Wigan and Leigh Home Watch association provided free security marking for valuables.

Plenty of refreshments were on offer along with bric-a-brac and tombola stalls to raise awareness and funds for Makants Greyhound Rescue NW and the Evergreen charity.

Solo artist Marie Paisey entertained the crowds with songs such as Don’t Rain on my Parade.