PET owners are invited to bring their four-footed friends to Worcester Cathedral later this spring for a special service of blessing.

The event, now in its third year, is organised by the Hall Green branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust to celebrate the important part that animals play in people's lives.

The service, on Saturday, May 20, will be preceded by a pet parade, starting from Worcester Bridge at 12.30pm and going through town to the cathedral.

The service will be followed by tea, coffee and cake in the chapter house, accompanied by music from violinist Peter Hartley.

Joanna Walding, lead volunteer of the RGT Hall Green group, said: "The cathedral opens its doors once a year for all the animals to come inside with their owners and celebrate the joy they bring us.

"A memory tree is at the cathedral to place hearts with the names of lost pets on. This is a charity event, free of charge; all we ask is a small donation to assist paying for the event. Any money left over will be split between local charities."