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Farnborough's Donkey Derby a hit despite downpours

Around 6,000 people attended the 52nd annual Rotary Club donkey derby in Farnborough, undeterred by heavy rain

Donkey derby fun

Visitors to Farnborough's Donkey Derby didn't let the rain dampen their spirits on Bank Holiday Monday.

Around 6,000 people gathered on the King George V Playing Field, in Sycamore Road, to mark the Rotary Clubs of Farnborough, Rushmoor and Blackwater Valley's 52nd annual donkey derby.


In addition to the famous donkey races, there was a bird of prey show, fun fair and stalls for local charities and traders.

Mervin George, from the Farnborough Rotary Club, said the day was 'full of fun' despite the rain.

He said: "It was fantastic, we managed to get everything up and running on time and the bird of prey show ran two displays and the marching band performed in the rain.

"There was a great turn out and loads of people came to watches the races which all ran to programme.

"It was definitely a great day and the local rotary clubs all worked really hard to put it together, it was part of a community effort."

All funds raised from the event will be counted over the coming weeks and shared equally among the Rotary clubs, to be used to support local community projects and charities.


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