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Bumper Southwold Sausage Walk attracts 500 four-legged friends and raises £1,300 for dachshund charity

PUBLISHED: 18:08 01 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:08 01 April 2018

Hundeds of sausage dogs turned up to take part and meet new friends. Picture: RICHARD POYNTON

Hundeds of sausage dogs turned up to take part and meet new friends. Picture: RICHARD POYNTON

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It was wagging tails all round at the Southwold Sausage Walk on Easter Saturday when hundreds of dog lovers gathered for a celebration of their beloved dachshunds.

Roughly 500 dogs took part in the walk, with families travelling from all over the country. Picture: UK AERIALRoughly 500 dogs took part in the walk, with families travelling from all over the country. Picture: UK AERIAL

It was wagging tails all round at the Southwold Sausage Walk on Easter Saturday when hundreds of dog lovers gathered for a celebration of their beloved dachshunds.

Scores of people accompanied by roughly 500 four-legged friends attended the event on Southwold beach on Saturday, March 31.

The sausage dogs walked from the Harbour Quay East car park to the fifth wooden groyne past the Gunhill Beach Kiosk and back again. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALKThe sausage dogs walked from the Harbour Quay East car park to the fifth wooden groyne past the Gunhill Beach Kiosk and back again. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALK

As well as serving as an opportunity for both dogs and owners to mingle. the walk raised a huge £1,300 for The Red Foundation – Emergency Dachshund Rescue UK.

Organisers Heidi Ginger and Laura Baggott said they were delighted with the result, and completely blown away by the event’s popularity.

Organisers Heidi Ginger and Laura Baggott wearing their special high vis jackets. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALKOrganisers Heidi Ginger and Laura Baggott wearing their special high vis jackets. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALK

Ms Ginger said: “We are absolutely thrilled at how our event went yesterday, so many people turned up with their sausage dogs, as well as siblings of other breeds. We gave up counting the dogs after 400, but we think all together we were looking more towards 500.

“Laura Baggott and I are so grateful for the support that we received, we couldn’t have asked for a better day and we were so lucky with the weather. We saw lots of wagging tails and smiling faces, everyone was so happy.”

Organisers were rewarded with a gold plaque commemorating the event. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALKOrganisers were rewarded with a gold plaque commemorating the event. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALK

Organisers were even rewarded with a gold plaque commemorating the event, displayed pride of place on the beach.

The walk was initially put in jeapordy when Waveney District Council demanded a £300 deposit and £5million insurance cover prior to the event.

Sausage dogs arrived wearing all kinds of costumes. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALKSausage dogs arrived wearing all kinds of costumes. Picture: #SOUTHWOLDSAUSAGEWALK

However when a saviour sponsor came to the rescue in the form of popular Southwold shop Adnams Sole Bay Brewery, the walk was back on track.

Organisers were also concerned that palm oil which has washed up on Suffolk’s beaches in recent weeks may prove a threat to inquisitive dogs.

11-month-old Buxton was one of the biggest sausages on the beach. Picture: JACQUELINE FRENCH11-month-old Buxton was one of the biggest sausages on the beach. Picture: JACQUELINE FRENCH

Luckily, there were no problems on the day, and any anxieties were eased by organisers doing a trial walk prior to the big event.

The walk lasted roughly 45 minutes, and ran from the Harbour Quay East car park to the fifth wooden groyne past the Gunhill Beach Kiosk.

Amber, Charlie and Maisie enjoying their day out. Picture: MELANIE HARMERAmber, Charlie and Maisie enjoying their day out. Picture: MELANIE HARMER

As a precaution, walkers were accompanied by marshalls and first aiders to keep the dogs safe.

It’s likely Southwold hasn’t seen the last of the sausages, as Ms Ginger added: “There is great demand for us to do another one later in the year, so watch this space.”

Lily, the 14-year-old blind and deaf miniature dachshund, having a cuddle with her dad. Picture: HAYLEY SAWYERLily, the 14-year-old blind and deaf miniature dachshund, having a cuddle with her dad. Picture: HAYLEY SAWYER

Ralph had to take a little pit stop during the walk to regain his strength after having spinal surgery last June. He loved the day regardless. Picture: KATIE MARKHAMRalph had to take a little pit stop during the walk to regain his strength after having spinal surgery last June. He loved the day regardless. Picture: KATIE MARKHAM

Hundreds of dogs and their owners met up for the walk. Picture: JESSIE BYFORDHundreds of dogs and their owners met up for the walk. Picture: JESSIE BYFORD

Rolo (in the red collar/jumper), who is normally a nervous walker, had a wonderful time with nephew Ronnie. Picture: STEPHANIE PATIENCERolo (in the red collar/jumper), who is normally a nervous walker, had a wonderful time with nephew Ronnie. Picture: STEPHANIE PATIENCE

Dog lovers travelled from all over the country to take part in the walk. Picture: JESSIE BYFORDDog lovers travelled from all over the country to take part in the walk. Picture: JESSIE BYFORD

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