A carols service with a difference was held in Slaithwaite.

And it was very much All Creatures Great And Small for the fun event in a town-centre car park.

It attracted a large number of horse and pony-owners as well as people with pets dogs of all shapes and sizes.

The community service was organised on behalf of Pole Moor Riding Club by Maz Bradley and Heather Coupland, and drew people from across the town.

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There were various categories for the horses and the dogs but the main attraction were the carols.

A short service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, the Vicar of Slaithwaite, and thankfully the weather stayed fine after the downpour of Saturday.

The carols servcies for horses and dogs

Ms Bradley said: “Many people brought along their horses and dogs and they all joined in the carols.

“We had prizes for the best turned-out horse and rider and also for the happiest dogs.

“There was a fair amount of tinsel around as you can imagine and the people there also enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine.

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“We incuded all the children as well, with a visit from Santa and his sack of toys”.

The event was to raise money for the charity, Brain Tumour Research and Support Across Yorkshire, which provides help for families across the region.

It was chosen in memory of Mrs Couplands late husband, Robert Coupland.

Top prize-winners were horse-rider Lisa Morris, riding X, and dog-owner Christine Bath, with Alphie.


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