Family fun at the Hayling Island Donkey Derby

Youngsters will be riding high at the Hayling Island Donkey Derby tomorrow.
Youngsters will be riding high at the Hayling Island Donkey Derby tomorrow.
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Plenty of fun is sure to be had at Hayling Island’s annual donkey derby tomorrow.

The Hayling Island Lions Club is organising the derby, which will take place on the Legion Field in Legion Road from 1pm to 4pm.

Incoming branch president Jenny Thorn says the event will have something to offer for the whole family.

‘It’s always a lot of fun and it’s growing every year,’ she says.

‘I think everybody has a wonderful time.

‘As well as the donkey races there will be children’s games, a beer tent, a barbecue and a car-boot sale.

‘Last year we had about 2,000 people come along and we ran out of hamburgers and hotdogs! We’re ordering more this year.’

There will be seven donkey races starting at 1.30pm, and budding young jockeys can enter.

To qualify, riders must be aged 16 or under, weigh less than 8st and have an approved riding hat with chin strap.

But donkeys will not be the only animals welcome at the derby.

There will also be a dog show, in which four-legged friends will be judged by a professional and winners will go home wearing rosettes.

There will be 12 classes in the dog show, entry is £2 and registrations can be made on the day.

Jenny says visitors will also have the chance to win their own set of wheels.

She says: ‘We will be having a raffle where someone can win a racing bike worth £380 for the cost of a £1 ticket.’

There will also be stalls set up by the Lions Club and other charities.

Jenny says among the goods on offer will be children’s toys and handmade baby clothes.

Profits from the derby will be donated to the Lions Club of Kathmandu to help the recovery effort following the recent earthquakes which devastated Nepal.

Jenny says: ‘There are Lions clubs in Nepal who are doing a lot so the money will go to them to help their effort.

‘Lions International has already sent many thousands of pounds over there.’

Entry to the field will cost £1 and children under 12 will go free.

Car boot spaces are available on the day and will cost £5 per car.

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