Local children can be jockeys for a day, competing for trophies and rosettes at this year's Sandhurst Donkey Derby on May Bank Holiday, Monday, May 26.

With a wide range of entertainment planned, the donkey races are still the focal point of the event.

"We have made a lot off effort to preserve the atmosphere of a traditional fun day out for the whole family," said Andy Nevin, chairman of the organising committee. Every race is sponsored by local businesses in Sandhurst, Crowthorne and Yateley.

There is also a hotly contested race series in which local pubs compete in buggies for the Taverners' Trophy.

Other highlights are a funfair, stalls, bouncy castles and rides, and the Fiesta Steel Band.

The final race of the day, at 4:30, is the Royal Academy Champion Jockey Stakes, for the winning jockeys of all the previous races.

Said Andy: "We want the people of Sandhurst to have a great day out. We hope to see many newcomers as well as our faithful supporters."

The Donkey Derby will be in the Bull and Butcher field on Yorktown Road. Gates open at 12 noon, with the first race at 1:30. Admission is by programme and will cost £2.50 on the day for a family of four. Programmes are £1.50 in advance. Funds go to local and national charitable causes.

You can read more about it at www.sandhurst.donkeyderby@btopenworld.com