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Families head to Upminster micropub so their dogs can receive blessing from reverend

PUBLISHED: 15:13 13 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:13 13 December 2016

Taproom owners Caroline Sheldon and Bob Knowles, Joy White and her dog Rosie and Rev Philip Wright. Photo: Melissa Page.

Taproom owners Caroline Sheldon and Bob Knowles, Joy White and her dog Rosie and Rev Philip Wright. Photo: Melissa Page.

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Dogs of all shapes and sizes received a special holiday season blessing in the run up to Christmas.

Animal blessing led by Rev Philip Wright (lead chaplain at Queen's Hospital and linked to St Luke's Church in Cranham), at The Upminster Taproom. Picture: Melissa Page.Animal blessing led by Rev Philip Wright (lead chaplain at Queen's Hospital and linked to St Luke's Church in Cranham), at The Upminster Taproom. Picture: Melissa Page.

Around 30 dogs and their owners visited the Upminster Taproom, Sunnyside Gardens, Upminster, on Sunday, for a first of its kind animal blessing in the micropub.

Owners of The Taproom, Caroline Sheldon and Bob Knowles, opened their doors for the event which was packed out all afternoon.

“There was such a good atmosphere,” Caroline said.

Left to right: John Wright and his daughter Andrea with their dog Tess. Picture: Melissa Page.Left to right: John Wright and his daughter Andrea with their dog Tess. Picture: Melissa Page.

“We encourage anyone coming to the Taproom to bring their dogs so we wanted to organise something which would bring the community together, while doing something different.

“It really was far-reaching and even better than we imagined.”

The service was undertaken by Rev Philip Wright, who is linked to St Luke’s Church in Cranham, and Caroline was thankful for all his efforts.

Eve Cresswell and her daughter Faith with their four-month-old pug called Cookie. Picture: Melissa Page.Eve Cresswell and her daughter Faith with their four-month-old pug called Cookie. Picture: Melissa Page.

She said: “The reverend was superb, the service he gave was perfect.

“You could hear a pin drop during the service.”

But the micropub owners have no plans on stopping with Sunday’s service, Caroline has her sights set on horses, goats, donkeys and even llamas getting blessed.

Caroline said: “Now we know what we are doing, I want to do another service next Spring when the weather is better and it will be for dogs and larger animals.”

Donations were also collected on Sunday with around £200 now going to the Wanderers Haven Animal Sanctuary.

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