The beloved Brockwell Dog Show will not be held this year.
Although it is a community event, a Lambeth council officer normally leads the show but is not in a position to do so this year.
On their website Brockwell Park Community Partners (BPCP) said: “We regret to say that the Brockwell Dog Show has been cancelled by Lambeth Officers.”
BPCP said that they have not had a proper explanation about why circumstances have changed but said they are happy to pick up the event next year.
The dog show normally takes place in mid July each year and is described as more “scruffs” than “crufts”.
The show features categories such as handsomest dog, prettiest bitch, cutest puppy, golden oldie and best dog and owner fancy dress and anyone can register for £1.50.
Dog walker Rory Huston said: “It is a shame not to have it, the event is a lot of fun.”
“Its good to have a place where people can interact and meet new people practically free of charge, there aren’t many of those around these days.”
Some had wondered if the cancellation of Brockwell Dog Show was due to the fact that, in May, Brockwell Park will be hosting the Muddy Dog Challenge: an obstacle course for owners and their dogs.
However, Lambeth council said the new show, which costs at least £25 to enter and raises money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, had no impact on other events in the park.
Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The community are free to run the Brockwell Dog Show as they see fit. Lambeth council in no way opposes this fun event.
“The Muddy Dog Challenge proposed by Battersea Cats and Dogs Home is an entirely different event, at a different time of year that is being run independently – and so has no impact.”
A petition has been started calling for the reinstatement of the Brockwell Dog Show, you can sign here.