Thousands of people enjoy Love Pets Show

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THOUSANDS of visitors were able to get up close and personal with a range of pets over the weekend.

This year’s Love Pets Show took place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough on Saturday and Sunday.

The event, which was organised by Johnston Press, featured over 100 pet stalls, displays, activities and games.

The show attracted thousands of people who saw animals including cats, dogs, ferrets, parrots, ponies, owls, lizards and snakes.

There were a number of special live displays including a dog agility team, ferret racing and a lecture from television vet Marc Abraham.

Crowds were also entertained by former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Pippa Langhorne who sang opera along with her singing dog Buddy.

Among the guests at the show was Tom Stevens, 37, from Peterborough, who said: “My two daughters have had an amazing time today.

“There’s been so much to see and do for people of all ages.

“The highlight for me was seeing the live dog shows which were pretty spectacular.

“The only problem is that my children will now be badgering me to get a dog!”

Managing director for Johnston Press events and exhibitions Mike Schwarz said: “It’s been a great weekend and the feedback we’ve had from visitors has been really positive.

“The show is basically a zoo under one roof but the thing that ignites it is the fact that people can get up close to the animals.

“Many people, particularly children, may not have seen owls, snakes and lizards up close before so it’s a great experience for them.

“I’ve seen so many children walking around with smiling faces because they’ve just been able to stroke a rabbit or touch an owl for the first time.”

The event also gave dozens of pet companies a chance to exhibit their products.

Mr Schwarz added: “We’ve got stalls representing companies from all over the country selling all manner of pet-related products.

“Many pet owners may not be aware of some of these products so it’s a great way for them to get noticed too.”