Pets top the guest list at 10th anniversary bash in Potton

Doggie bakery at Potton Vets party 19CN5zNhfMzoRQ0W4qzw
Doggie bakery at Potton Vets party 19CN5zNhfMzoRQ0W4qzw

A family friendly atmosphere filled Potton Market Square for a special anniversary party where animals were top of the guest list.

Potton Vets celebrated their 10th anniversary on Saturday with a fun day for residents, traders and children, as the square buzzed with fun actitivies.

Potton Vets birthday party.

Potton Vets birthday party.

A range of local traders and animal charities had stalls, including dog behaviour specialists Dogzaloud and Cats Protection.

The fun party ran from noon until 3pm.

Potton Brewery were on hand to quench thirsts with their local microbrewery specialities, Party On Potton served up barbecue food and local singer Stacey Lee added to the ambience.

Visitors to the vet practice could meet extraordinary balloon artist Loony Balloony and international face-painter Jennifer Parker.

Potton Vets party - Alan Shackleton explaining ultrasound equipment

Potton Vets party - Alan Shackleton explaining ultrasound equipment

They were on hand to match up the face paint to the balloon model.

One young visitor, Emma Bratton, had a lovely unicorn face paint design which lasted until she went to school on Monday - and a unicorn balloon model.

Eden, visiting with her dad, chose a giraffe balloon and a cat painted face.

There was also the opportunity to visit the treatment rooms - and in one, visitors could see the keyhole surgery laparoscopy equipment used to stack sugar cubes!

Potton Vets party - Eden with her cat facepaint and giraffe balloon model.

Potton Vets party - Eden with her cat facepaint and giraffe balloon model.

Veterinary surgeon Rene Shackleton was on hand to explain how this equipment is used to treat the animals visiting the practice.

There were talks on the x-ray, ultrasound and the ECG machines from owner and veterinary surgeon Alan Shackleton, while student nurse Viv led a game where visitors matched up the picture of equipment to its name.

Vet Lauren gave a talk into how the vets cared for animals’ teeth.

A tiger and other animals had taken up resident in the kennels - but closer inspection revealed them to be toys!

Alan from Biggles FM with Totti and Gilmour. cAcBm0-Ba6fjnfhSNmeh

Alan from Biggles FM with Totti and Gilmour. cAcBm0-Ba6fjnfhSNmeh

There were many pets visiting along with their owners, who had the chance to meet staff and ask questions about treatments.

Other organisations attending included the Rabbit Residence Rescue charity; Accolade Hounds – greyhound and lurcher rescue, R.A.T.S. – rehoming animal rescue service, Rudi’s Doggy Bakery - cakes for dogs.

A spokesman said: “It was great that so many people had joined in the celebrations for this local successful business, evident by all the Potton Vets birthday party balloons floating around the town attached to people who had been there.

“This was a really great example of how a local business can create a great local community and we look forward to seeing them at their next event.”