CHILDREN and canines had a terrier-rific time being put through their paces at Netley’s Royal Victoria County Park

The park, which overlooks Southampton Water, was the venue for a packed day of dog–based fun.

The date was May 19, 1979, when the greenspace was packed with hundreds of youngsters donning running shoes and eager to raise cash for children whose lives had been shattered by cancer.

Four–legged visitors to the park lapped up all the fun at the event which was organised to coincide with National Pet Week.

Organised by the Hampshire County Recreation department, the sponsored three mile fun run was part of a nationwide fun raising appeal in aid of the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children and the Sports Aid Foundation.

The Royal Victoria Country Park was one of 15 fun run venues throughout the country.

The action packed programme included a dog agility competition, demonstrations by police dogs, guide dogs for the blind and exhibits of cats, birds, ferrets, ponies, donkeys and exotic pets.