Onlookers were given a surprise when a giant dog floated up the river Tyne.
Fishermen, Port of Tyne staff and residents were treated to the sight of a Giant North Snowdog being transported onto DFDS’ Princess Seaways ferry.
The Snowdog, part of a fundraising artwork initiative for St Oswald’s Hospice Children’s Service, was carried along the river by Port of Tyne work-boat, the Sir Bobby Robson.
The newly decorated Snowdog, designed and painted by Newcastle-based artist Joanne Wishart, will now spend a month on display to customers travelling on the ferry company’s Newcastle-Amsterdam service before joining 59 other giant sculptures on the Great North Snowdogs trail across Tyne and Wear for ten weeks from September 19.
Max Foster, passenger director for DFDS, said: “Huge thanks to our colleagues at the Port of Tyne for their help in making Skipper’s voyage smooth-sailing. We’re excited to have him on board the Princess Seaways, ready to greet guests travelling from the UK and throughout Europe to start their holiday with us.
“We hope that he’ll help entice visitors to discover the Great North Snowdogs trail and explore the region later in the year.”
For more about Skipper the Snowdog visit www.dfds.co.uk/snowdogs
More information about Great North Snowdogs is available at www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk