Oct 7 2011 by Sharon Liptrott, Dumfries Standard Friday
as part of the autumn Walk to School Week.
School travel plans co-ordinator Fiona Lessels teamed up with Queen of the South mascot Dougie Doonhamer and the guide dogs charity to show the importance of walking.
Trained dogs were at the Loreburne Centre to put pupils and shoppers through their paces on a special obstacle course.
They encouraged people to be blindfolded or wear spectacles which simulated a specific eye condition and then be led through a course by a guide dog.
The charity also provided some badges and bookmarks for the 76 primary schools across the region which have been taking part in the Walk to School Week. It has involved 8,500 primary pupils and 1,500 secondary pupils.
Our picture shows pupils from Loreburn Primary School along with Dougie Doonhamer at the launch of the event. RBDSF061011GuideDogs-01