Young jock­eys are all smiles for race day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by WILL BRADLEY wil­liam.bradley@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @GetSur­reyWill

THE 18th Bea­cons­field Don­key Derby was held at St Mary and All Saints School on June 24.

The spe­cial event had beach ac­tiv­i­ties this year, with don­key rides, a sea­side fair­ground, swing­boats and bouncy beach as­sault course.

The star at­trac­tion was six races with six don­keys that in­cluded thrills and spills for ex­cited visi­tors as don­keys raced to the fin­ish line. The event also in­cluded sideshows, stalls and other at­trac­tions for all the fam­ily.

The joint event was or­gan­ised by Bea­cons­field Lions Club and St Mary’s and All Saints School.

Bea­cons­field Lions mem­ber Ian An­drew said: “The don­key derby was a tremen­dous suc­cess – ev­ery­one had a most en­joy­able day at the sea­side.

“To date the tak­ings have ex­ceeded £9,000 and we are still count­ing – this is the high­est fig­ure of any don­key derby.

“St Mary and All Saints School PTA and the Bea­cons­field Lions club are de­lighted with the re­sults and wish to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for making it all such a suc­cess.

“All pro­ceeds are in aid of St Mary and All Saints School.”

PHO­TOS: LES WIL­LIAMS BE171236

One of the rid­ers gets sad­dled up (Above) Mayor Chris Owen with Co­nan; (be­low) Stephen For­rest-Smith do­ing cal­lig­ra­phy (Above) There were plenty of vol­un­teers to help out at the bar­be­cue stall; (left) rider num­ber six takes the lead in one of the races; (be­low) Rachel Storey paints the face of a young cus­tomer (Above) Jock­eys So­phie, Ge­orgie and Emma; (be­low) Bea­cons­field School Dance Club

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