Tra­di­tional fun at Chesham’s pop­u­lar an­nual don­key derby

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

A POP­U­LAR char­ity event gal­loped into Chesham at the week­end and at­tracted thou­sands of vis­i­tors.

Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to the 26th Chesham Don­key Derby which took place on Bot­ley Play­ing Fields, also known as Cod­more Field, off Bot­ley Road, Chesham, on Sun­day af­ter­noon (June 5).

As usual, there were seven don­key races with seven don­keys and their young rid­ers com­pet­ing in each for peo­ple to place small bets on.

There were stalls and at­trac­tions in­clud­ing a co­conut shy, crock­ery smash, bouncy cas­tles, beer and bet­ting, tra­di­tional tombola, face paint­ing, a raf­fle, don­key rides, a pet­ting zoo, tra­di­tional ac­tiv­ity stalls, craft stalls, a bar­be­cue and a re­fresh­ment mar­quee.

The event has been or­gan­ised by the 3rd Chesham Scouts for the past 12 years in a bid to boost the group’s funds.

All smiles: Above, or­gan­iser Janet Sealy (right) with Chesham Deputy Mayor Emily Cul­ver­house. Above left, Laura Hori­gan takes the wheel and right, Jake Pass­ing­ham has a bounc­ing time

Along for the ride: Daniel Jack, takes a ride with mum Kirsten (right) and han­dler Lind­say Grainger. Right, Faith Bir­kett and Sam Cock­er­ton. Be­low right, Ella Mud­di­man wins the first race

Fam­ily fun: Above, Car­men Duffy takes a bite. Left, Katie Bel­son gets a help­ing hand from dad Chris on the bowl­ing al­ley

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