Thousands join in Donkey Derby
Top hats and tails were left behind for a
sun-drenched Island race meeting that put Ascot in the shade when
it came to four-legged fun.
More than 5,000 punters in party mood
descended on Sheppey Court Marshes in Halfway Road, Sheerness, for
the Sheppey Round Table Donkey Derby – and an action-packed day of
events and attractions produced a bumper day.
A team of tip-top donkeys that looked in peak
racing condition, took part in eight sponsored sprints, with mounts
and individual races sponsored by Island businesses.
There were thrills and spills as young riders
rode for victory, with punters plunging their cash on jockey
Huge entertainment value was offered by a boot
sale, fun fair, a host of stalls and sideshows, face painting, beer
tent and barbecue. The demand for beefburgers was overwhelming.
For the full story and three pages of
pictures, see this week’s Times Guardian, out
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