Dog walkers turned out in force for a show of strength at Instow Beach this morning (Thursday). With Instow Parish Council reviewing the status of dogs on the Beach tonight, walkers and their canine companions were keen to make their point at the gathering organised by the Dog Walkers Alliance. A petition with more than 500 signatures has been collected, opposing any ban or restrictions and organiser Joanne Bell said about a third had come from visitors. Instow Beach is becoming well known as a dog friendly beach, she said. But Instow Parish Council chairman Brian Moores has stressed tonight is merely a review, with no proposals on the table. He told the Gazette previously: Last time we decided we would not restrict any areas but would put up signs saying when the beach was busy to keeps dogs on leads and we want to review it to see if that is working. Among the walkers today was former North Devon MP Sir Nick Harvey, with his retriever Crumpet. I think it would be economic suicide for Instow to curb dogs on this beach, because particularly out of season, its dog walkers who are here, he said. I use the shops and businesses as a result of bringing the dog down. Holidaymaker Sue Pilsworth from north Lincolnshire said they had made a special trip back to North Devon with their dog Pepper, after discovering the beach last year. Its the only beach where we have been that is dog friendly, I have never seen so many dogs, she said. Jeremy Bell of the Dog Walkers Alliance said the issue was a problem on both sides of the estuary: If such a law did come in, it would be forcing dog owners to choose between being cruel to their dogs and obeying the law.* The meeting is tonight at Instow Parish Hall from 7.30pm.