|Vulnerable Native Breeds Parade - the Video|
On 9th March 2008, in the main arena at Crufts, the British and Irish Dog Breeds Preservation Trust held a parade of Vulnerable Native Breeds. The event showed the twenty most threatened breeds, with their handlers dressed as characters associated with the breed. Unfortunately, the parade coincided with the judging of the Dandies, so very few of our members were able to attend. Also, the BBC did not broadcast the parade - though they did show it on screens around Crufts. Paul had asked me to video the parade - but of course I was tied up photographing the Dandie judging. Fortunately, BBC Events agreed to record the parade for us. It has taken me a few weeks to organise transferring the material from broadcast tape to internet server, but at last, here it is. Hope it was worth the wait...
Our thanks to Paul Keevil who put so much time and effort into organising this event, to John Charlton for travelling to Birmingham to play Mr. Dandie Dinmont, and to Lynda Bromley who provided the Dandies - Byrony, Ch. Mishahda Cinnamon Crumble (mustard) and Bella, Mishahda Tempting Touch (pepper). Thanks also to BBC Events for the video material, Dan Burn-Forti for the opening and closing still, and to all the other volunteers who made this possible. On the same day, the Independent on Sunday ran an article on the Vulnerable Native Breeds. Any problems with viewing this video, or any comments, contact me here.