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More than £6,500 has been raised for charity after some 250 people attended a pub’s dog show and Elvis Presley-themed fun day.

Pub goers entered their dogs into various ‘Dogetories’, an Elvis impersonator performed and four plane tickets to Las Vegas were raffled at The Plough Inn, Ifield, on Sunday (August 31).

Ifield Chestnut House (IFH), which is based at the pub and organised the event, broke its £100,000 fundraising milestone since it was formed in 2008.

John Scudder, 60, landlord at the pub, said: “There was big applause.

“The customers are fantastic, they are forever digging into their pockets.”

The dog competition raised around £3,500 for Guide Dogs for the Blind and £3,000 for IFH’s regular local charities Chestnut Tree House, The Olive Tree and the Springboard Project.

John said the guide dog the money would pay for would be named Burgess after one of the pub’s regulars.

IFH needed to raise £5,000 for the dog.

Alan Burgess, who drank at the pub for 50 years and was the community group’s photographer, died recently.

John said Alan was well known.

The ‘Dogetories’ included waggiest tail, dog that looks most like owner, prettiest dog, shiniest dog, best trick, best behaved, ugliest dog and best in show.

 

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