Donkey derby proves a jolly good day out

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THERE may not have been a carnival, but Hayling Island still managed to celebrate its community with a Diamond Jubilee event.

Dwindling entries to the float parade led to organisers, the Hayling Lions, pulling the event altogether.

So instead, on Saturday, a traditional donkey derby was held on Legions Field to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Many of the usual carnival events such as the dog show also took place at the event.

Paul Fisher, chairman of the Hayling Island Residents’ Association, said: ‘It was marvellous, a jolly good day out for locals and visitors.

‘The donkey races were the clear favourite, they were brilliant.

‘It was extremely popular and it looks like it will grow every year.’

Hayling Carnival began in 1952 to mark the Queen’s Coronation and was usually held in August.