A HOLMFIRTH dog groomer has won a top award for her work.

Alison Rogers of Pretty Paws Grooming and Training Centre has won the biggest grooming competition in the UK.

And straight after her win she flew to Italy to show her Bichon in the European competition.

Alison, based at Albion Mills, Thongsbridge, was named the winner at the British Dog Grooming Championship, winning with a Purebred Scissor Bichon Frise and a clipped/stripped Springer Spaniel.

It’s the second time Alison has won the trophy and she said: “I was a bit shocked to be honest.

“I wanted to win so that I can semi-retire and concentrate on showing and competing abroad.

“The dogs were really well-behaved – I’m really proud of them.”

Alison last won the title in 2007 and this time she beat off competition from 120 dog groomers with her dog Caesar.

She also won several awards in Italy, including the best of breed.