HUNDREDS of greyhounds and their owners gathered in Tyne Green on Sunday, taking the top spot in the UK for the Great Global Greyhound Walk.

At the walk in Hexham, organised by Northumberland Greyhound Rescue, 244 greyhounds took part – 87 more than took part last year – joined by 18 dogs of other breeds.

More than 100 walks took part across the UK, as well as others across the world, and the Hexham walk came joint first in the UK for number of greyhound participants, alongside Wakefield.

Numbers have not been calculated from other walks in different countries, but the organisers are hopeful that they can maintain the top spot on a global level.

Following the walk there was a fun dog show culminating with the best in show which was won by Amber Hodson and her greyhound Burn.

There were also home-made dog treats and a catch the sausage competition, and funds were raised for Northumberland Greyhound Rescue through a tombola, raffle and name the cuddly greyhound toy.

Jenny Thomas of Northumberland Greyhound Rescue said: “It was a phenomenal turn out and a really brilliant day.

“Nineteen dogs looking for homes with Northumberland Greyhound Rescue came down to be walked by our volunteers and I know some have been rehomed as a result, which is brilliant.”