Pictures: Dogs take the lead on Spitalfields market catwalk
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Spitalfields Market hosted 6,000 canines of all shapes and sizes from across England for its third annual Paw Pageant on Monday.
The programme – consisting of competition categories such as “Dog’s got talent” and “Radiant Rescue” – attracted hundreds of onlookers despite the weather.
Aside from giving dog fanatics a chance to see great danes dressed in hats and dip-dyed chihuahuas, the pageant raised awareness and money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a leading animal rehoming centre.
The audience were treated to a fashion show in which 11 dogs were accompanied on a catwalk by six models sporting brands such as Hackett, Jigsaw and NW3.
Sophie Wood, marketing and social media manager for Spitalfields Market, said: “There’s not much else like it in London, it’s an event where dogs and dog owners can come together and raise money.”
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