A DOG racing club based in the town made an appearance in the BBC’s coverage of Crufts 2008.
Ellesmere Port Afghan Racing, which is the only club of its kind in the country, featured in Sunday’s televised showing of the world’s largest dog show.
The club was set up by Stanney resident John Roscoe in 2004 and holds race meetings on the second Sunday of each month at the Greyhound Stadium in Thornton Road.
Mr Roscoe was originally a member of the North West Afghan Hound Racing Club, which often met at the Ellesmere Port ground until it was dissolved several years ago.
Mr Roscoe, 41, said: “A couple of committee members were entering their dogs into Crufts and the BBC got in touch with them about coming down to the track the Sunday before to talk to members and see what we do.
“We had a good turn-out for the cameras and a few members also went down to see the show at the weekend.
“I started the club up four years ago and have had Afghan hounds for about 10 years now.
“With us now being the only club in the country for Afghan racing we get people coming from all over to race, the furthest being from Hull.
“I’m actually the only person in the Port who races at the track but I knew a lot of people from past meetings in the North West and that is how it started.”
“It’s not just Afghan hounds that we race. We also have lurchers and greyhounds and are prepared to race any breed of dog.”