CAT lovers were left purring with delight after the annual Lakeland and District Cat Show.

A staggering 276 felines attended the event at Kendal Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 21.

The Gazette can exclusively reveal a Persian cat won it by a whisker.

The contestants, both moggies and pedegrees, were judged according to the strict Governing Council for Cat Fancying guidelines.

Edward Irving, Show Manager at the event, said: “It was good to see so many people coming through the door to show off their cats.”