A brand new “secure dog park” has opened up in Bolton today – and it’s already proving popular with locals.
The Westhoughton Dog Park – which is around half an hour away from Manchester, in the Bolton town of Westhoughton – is a two-acre plot surrounded by secure fencing and featuring RSPCA-approved agility equipment, which gives dogs the chance to stay fit, have fun and run free without the risk of escape, or being taken by thieves.
The park is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Donny and Dawn Janciauskas, who run a stables and showjumping business in the area.
After the couple’s usual work of buying and selling horses from Europe had to be put on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they hatched a plan to put their vacant land to good use.
The inspiration for the new venture came after Dawn saw a woman walking her German Pointer, who was wearing specially-designed dog boots.
As well as the boots becoming a talking point for the two, Dawn also noticed that the dog was on a long bungee lead, and the woman explained that these precautions were all in the name of safety as she wasn’t confident at letting her dog run free.
And from this, the Westhoughton Dog Park was born.
“An enclosed area where dogs can run free is something that is missing in the area,” Dawn said.
“Lots of owners are worried about dog thefts, while I know many women feel uncomfortable walking their dogs alone, so my husband and I came up with the idea of creating the park [and] the kids came on board and helped us set it all up.
“[So] we got the agility equipment and we’ve also created a shelter for the owners to stand under if it rains.
“Owners can book a slot online, they then receive a code to unlock the gate, and the parking is fully secure too.
“For social distancing reasons, it’s one household at a time”.
While the dog park may have only officially opened today, it’s proving to be a hit among the local community, with the first week of slots already booked up, and Dawn admitting: “We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response so far, it’s clearly very popular [and] I think we may even expand to a second field so we can accommodate more dog-walkers”.
Slots at the Westhoughton Dog Park will set you back just £10 for up to two dogs, with an added £3 for additional dogs.
You can find more information and book your slot here.
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Liam Gallagher apologises on Noel’s behalf for brother’s ‘p*ss poor’ Joy Division cover
Liam Gallagher has issued an apology “on behalf of [his] family” for his brother’s cover of a song by another legendary Manchester band.
Stop the presses, breaking news – the Gallagher brothers are slagging each other off again.
In what will be a shock to absolutely no one, Liam Gallagher has hopped onto his favourite social media platform Twitter once again this week to take another unprovoked aim at his beloved older brother – and this time, call him out for his recent cover of the iconic 1980 hit ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by fellow Manchester band Joy Division.
Noel Gallagher recently performed a rendition of the Joy Division classic on BBC Radio 2 as part of the radio station’s popular Piano Room series, and was accompanied by his band, High Flying Birds, for the track, alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The former Oasis co-lead vocalist and guitarist explained that he had chosen to cover the song as he would often play “this version of it at home down the years”.
But Noel did reveal to host Vernon Kay that he was cautious about doing so, and went on to express some initial trepidation about performing his rendition and putting it out into the world, mainly because “it’s such an iconic song, and being from Manchester… well, this is going to be tricky.”
The 56-year-old admitted he kept asking himself “How can I get away with that?”
He continued: “But now I’ve got my own studio, I went and did a little demo of it and I was like ‘you know what? I think I might be able to pull this off.”
One person who clearly didn’t think Noel could “pull this off” was his brother Liam, though.
Reacting to the cover in typical Liam Gallagher fashion, the former Oasis frontman wrote in a now-viral tweet yesterday evening: “I must once again apologise on behalf of my family for r kid’s p*ss poor and damn rite blasphemous version of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.
“Tut f***ing tut SORRY.”
And unfortunately for Noel, the comments underneath BBC Radio 2’s post of a snippet of the cover on its official Instagram account appears to show that a fair few others agree with Liam on this one.
“If you wanna win a race, choose NG as a competitor. The only one that’s been able to destroy Oasis, his band, the music. Terrible cover,” one person wrote.
“That’s a terrible terrible cover,” another person simply stated.
A third wrote in the comments: “Kinda sounds boring doesn’t it? I love Noel, but this cover ain’t it chief,” while a fourth added: “I hope he realise by himself that this is one of his worst covers ever,” and another, at least politely, claimed it was: “Definitely a bit different to the original.”
Of course, there are two sides to every story though, and there’s also plenty of positive comments and reactions under the video too to balance out the less-than-favourable takes.
So for now, this exchange will just get added to the seemingly never-ending Gallagher row saga.
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Chester Zoo calls for runners to take on new charity 10k to help ‘save endangered animals’
Chester Zoo is calling for thousands of runners to take on a charity 10k through the zoo’s grounds in a bid to help save one of its many endangered species.
The UK’s biggest charity zoo is looking for 2,500 runners of all abilities to sign up for its brand-new ‘Run for Nature‘ later this year – which begins inside the zoo’s 128-acre grounds, and sees participants race past the elephant, giant otter, and giraffe habitats, all before heading out and around the wider countryside estate.
As well as the 10k route, there’s also a special one-mile ‘zoom’ fun run around the zoo, which is perfect for energetic kids under 12.
All runners will get a medal when they cross the finish line, and there’ll even be some exciting prizes up for grabs for those who raise the most money.
Taking place on Sunday 24 September, all funds raised from the run will go towards the Chester Zoo’s ongoing and extremely-important efforts to find a vaccine for a deadly virus that threatens endangered elephant populations all across the world – which is known as Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV).
Scientists at the zoo are currently in the middle of the world’s first vaccine pilot study to fight the virus, and hope that proceeds raised from the upcoming events can help “create a future where Asian elephants survive and thrive.”
“We’re so excited to be able to offer places for 2,500 fundraisers to run our first ever 10k Run for Nature later this year,” explained Hannah Wright, Fundraising Lead at Chester Zoo.
“As a charity, fundraising is at the core of this event, but we also hope that it’s a great fun event that the whole family can get involved in – whether running, supporting or sponsoring.
“All participants will be receive a sustainable medal and top fundraisers will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, which include annual memberships, animal experiences, and meal vouchers for our gastro pub, The Oakfield, as well as a selection of animal adoptions.”