Charity dog show in the dog house

A charity event raising funds for the Royal Berkshire Hospital this weekend has been told by council officers that they can not advertise the dog show in public because their fete wasn’t travelling.

Local dog walking company Holybrooks have been organising the show for the last 4 years to raise money for the League of Friends of Royal Berkshire Hospital charity.

A Reading Borough Council representative who didn’t want to be named told show organisers Holybrooks “We don’t licence any sort of fly posting on the public highway unless it is for travelling fetes, fayres or circuses”.

Holybrooks owner Helen Tuthill said “We put a small number of posters up every year to advertise the event locally and we have not had any issues previously. The posters are only up for a few days before the event and we always remove them promptly afterwards.”

She continued “I’m really disappointed that the council will not allow local people to advertise their charity events but they are happy to permit travellers to do so. Despite the council stating it’s illegal they can clearly make exceptions”.

Local councillor John Ennis agreed with the organisers saying “I can’t see a reason why you can’t” adding “It’s the Royal Berkshire Hospital and people want to know about it”. Cllr Ennis has offered to pursue the matter within the council.

The dog show will be held at the Victoria Recreation Ground in Tilehurst on Saturday the 9th June 2018 with the fete opening at 11:00 am.


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