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Canines in '12 Dog Days of Christmas' Dunstable carol service

Dog Image copyright Forever Hounds Trust
Image caption "Bark" the herald angels sing

Dozens of "well-behaved" dogs are expected to attend a special canine Christmas Carol concert.

Sunday's event at The Priory Church of St Peter in Dunstable has been arranged by greyhound and lurcher rescue charity, Forever Hounds Trust.

Dr Who and BBC Casualty actor Jaye Griffiths will give a reading, accompanied by her two whippets.

The service, which welcomes all dog breeds, will end with a canine version of the "12 [Dog] Days of Christmas".

It is the third year the charity has held its service for dogs, the last two taking place in Bath.

Image caption Dogs dressed the part at a service that took place last year in Bath

However, the event has been moved to Bedfordshire so that "more of our volunteers could attend", said organiser Emma Butler.

"We are looking forward to welcoming lots of dogs and their owners to the event, including many of the dogs that have previously been in the care of Forever Hounds Trust," she added.

Image caption Jaye Griffiths (as Elle Gardner in BBC drama Casualty) will bring her whippets to the service

The Sunday service begins at 15:00 GMT.

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