Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Martin Clunes launches A Dog's Life as Scottish Widows raise funds for Dogs Trust

Martin Clunes, star of the hugely successful Men Behaving Badly and Doc Martin series, delivered a special “audience with” and book signing session for staff at Scottish Widows to mark the launch of his new book A Dog’s Life in September. I've just got hold of the photos from the event and thought this was too adorable not to share.

The exclusive event was secured by Sylvia Dow, arts veteran and spearhead of Scottish Widows award winning Arts@Work Programme in association with Arts in Business. In recognition of Martin’s love of dogs Scottish Widows staff will also be raising funds for the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in West Calder.

“Securing an audience with Martin Clunes is a real coup.” said Sylvia. “Staff are thrilled to have met one of the best known faces on television and hear first hand his colourful adventures inspired by his own dogs Mary, Tina and Arthur.”

A privileged audience gathered to listen to witty and humorous tales of dog lover Martin’s experiences as he accompanied a singing dingo on the piano; was hauled out of a sub zero snow hole by trained rescue dogs; and dragged through a blizzard by a team of excited huskies.

Susan Tonner, Centre Manager of Dogs Trust West Calder along with Lizzie and Bryce, two Labrador cross puppies joined Martin and staff at the event.
“We are absolutely delighted at Scottish Widows’ kind gesture to raise money for Dogs Trust. Dogs Trust receives no funding from the Government and we rely on donations to care for the 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs we look after every year. Meeting famous dog lover Martin Clunes was the icing on the cake.”
A signed copy of A Dog’s Life will also be raffled to raise funds.

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