Young jockeys are all smiles for race day
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.”
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