A LARGE pack of pugs and their owners descended on Lily Hill Park on Sunday for a festive stroll.

After a last minute change of venue due to some secret filming at Ascot Racecourse, members of the Berkshire Pugs and Crosses Society met at the Bullbrook park.

Among their number was Martin Clowes, who, as the founder of Pugfest, is a huge figure in the world of pugs.

He travelled from Bridgend in Wales to meet the Berkshire contingent after a bluebelle meadow was planted in Lily Hill last month in memory of his beloved, now deceased dog.

Ryan Simpson, who runs the group’s Facebook page, said: “A last minute message and frantic calls to the members and we diverted to Lily Hill park as it was close to Ascot.

“We had over 50 members I would say.

“Martin Clowes from The French & Pug Dog Foundation came along with his new puppy Blue.”

Following the meet-up Mr Simpson and his fiancé Hollie visited the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre in Hurst to deliver treats collected as part of the Pugfest Santa Paws Appeal.