The Scarborough News

The donkeys are back!

Owner Guy Smith hopes for a strong summer season out of lockdown with his furry friends ...

- By George Buksmann george.buksmann@jpimedia.co.uk @g_buks

The donkeys have returned to Scarboroug­h’s South Bay beach, with riders able to trot up and down the sands on the back of a four-legged friend.

Guy Smith, whose family have been running donkey rides on the beach since before the First World War, is hoping for a strong summer season as restrictio­ns from the coronaviru­s pandemic ease.

He said: “It’s been quite steady, people are out and about, albeit social distancing, it has not been too bad – I’ve known a lot worse times!”

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, Mr Smith said: “I anticipate we’ll be quite busy on Saturday and Sunday; the weakness might be the weather!”

“I think we’ll be fairly busy this season,” he said.

Having returned to the beach on April 12 when restrictio­ns eased, the weather has thrown everything at them, though the donkeys “aren’t too bothered about it” and have been treated to extra winter food!

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Donkeys are back on the beach.
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Pictures by Richard Ponter
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Guy Smith and his donkeys.
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Taking a ride on the beach.

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