The Great North Dog Walk has been given civic recognition

Mayor of South Tyneside Cllr Pat Hay, Mayoress Mrs Jean Copp, Cllr Tracey Dixon, with Great North Dog Walk founder Tony Carlisle, and Stan Yanetta.

After securing an international award it was given civic recognition.

A Great North Dog Walk, a much-loved charity event for four-legged friends, has been named the Best Annual Animal Wellness Charitable Even in the Pet Products and Services Awards 2022, hosted by LUXlife magazine. 

The world-famous event takes place in The Leas in South Shields and has been running for over 30 years. The Mayor of South Tyneside and Councillor Pat Hay congratulated the Great North Dog Walk founder and organiser, Tony Carlisle, during a special civic presentation at South Shields Town Hall. He was also joined by sponsor Stan Yanetta, of Stan’s Auto. 

She said: “In South Tyneside, we know only too well how incredible this special event is in raising money for animal-related charities. It is a great family day and brings thousands of people to the Borough and it’s always wonderful to see so many dogs eager to set off on a brisk 3.5-mile walk along our beautiful coastline.

“I was delighted to host Tony in South Shields Town Hall to pass on our huge congratulations on behalf of the people of South Tyneside”.

The Great North Dog Walk began in 1990 with only 13 dogs taking part and since then, it has grown later to become recognised by Guinness World Records as the biggest dog walk. Next summer (2023) will mark the event’s 30th anniversary. 

GNDW founder and organiser, Tony Carlisle said: “What a thrill. After all the heartache of septicaemia, covid and fighting to save my right leg, I was delighted and ecstatic. I felt so proud, elated and in helping to put South Shields, South Tyneside and the Northeast of England firmly on the world stage.

“I accept the award on behalf of all my volunteers over the years who without I could not have staged the event. I’m so proud of my family, my volunteers and the local community”.