Arundel Festival announces rescheduled Ben Fogle event

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The Arundel Festival Committee has announced that the ‘Meet the Fogles’ event planned for this Saturday (August 22), has had to be rescheduled.

Speaker Ben Fogle has been whisked away for secret filming and has had to postpone.

The good news is that the re-arranged date will coincide with the launch of Ben’s new book.

Ben said: “I’m really sorry to have to announce this at such a late date, but last-minute filming commitments have arisen which unfotunately I can’t get out of. I am, however, delighted to have the exciting opportunity to launch ‘Labrador’, a book very close to my heart, in Arundel. I can only apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that everyone who has booked to come along can make it to the new date.”

Ben whose beloved black Labrador, Inca, famously accompanied him on numerous journeys and adventures will be introducing his latest work at Nicholas Church Arundel on October 10. He will be accompanied by his father, Bruce, a vet and author.

In this unique first social history of the Labrador, Ben Fogle investigates what makes Labradors so beloved and why they are considered so trustworthy – 30 per cent of dogs used as guide dogs in the UK by The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association are Labradors, for instance. They have an extraordinary capacity for companionship, intelligence, work ethic, and loyalty.

With stories of RNIB Labradors and Labradors at war, Labradors as working dogs and every other manifestation of Labrador/human interaction, Ben writes engagingly and passionately about our lasting love for one of man’s best friends and companions. Exploring their origin, early characteristics, their use as gun dogs, as therapy dogs, as police dogs, as search and rescue dogs and last – and absolutely not least – as family pets, Ben draws on the extraordinary experiences we have encountered with Labradors to tell the story of a dog breed which has captured our imagination and love for hundreds of years.

Tickets already purchased for the August 22 Arundel Festival event will still be valid for the rescheduled date. Refunds for those requesting them are available from The Book Ferret, High Street, Arundel.