A SUMMER fete at a Guide Dogs centre has been cancelled after travellers have set up camp at its base.

Caravans arrived at the site on Gibfield Park Avenue on Monday.

Guide Dogs was due to hold its annual summer fete on Sunday, July 7 but a spokesman has confirmed the organisation has made the "difficult decision" to cancel the event.

A Guide Dogs spokesman said: “We can confirm that illegal trespassers are currently residing on Guide Dogs land at our Atherton Training Centre.

"We have contacted the relevant authorities and are now taking the necessary legal action.

"We are also doing everything we can to safeguard our members of staff, volunteers and of course our dogs during this time.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Summer Fete.

"We would like to thank everyone so much for your hard work and dedication and if feasible, we hope to be able to run the event later in the year.”