Donkey Derby fayre in Stubbington proves popular once again despite wet weather

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  • Donkey Derby and fayre is a hit
  • Many people ventured out into the rain for popular event
  • Stalls raised money and awareness for local charities
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IT MIGHT have been a bit wet but that didn’t put off hundreds of people from attending an annual fayre.

The Stubbington Fayre and Donkey Derby took place once again at Stubbington recreation ground yesterday.

Kim Nash and Alex fisher taking part in Donkey Derby.''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-767)

Kim Nash and Alex fisher taking part in Donkey Derby.''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-767)

Children had the chance to race donkeys – an annual tradition. And it also featured the ever-popular Big Noise Samba Band, The Stubbington Springboard Gymnastics Club and the Locks Heath Silhouette Majorettes.

Many charities had stalls at the event, too. The fayre, which has been going for more than 50 years, is organised by the Lions clubs of Fareham and Crofton.

Reg Norton, founder of the Crofton Lions, said it’s good people made the effort despite the weather.

‘I think that’s part of the British spirit, really,’ he said. It’s a kind of blitz mentality that when things get bad, people get close together and are more friendly and they help one another.’

I think everybody locally looks forward to it and people far afield know about it

Reg Norton, Crofton Lions

‘There’s so much planning that goes into this that we don’t like to give in too easily. We organise this regardless of the weather.

‘I think everybody locally looks forward to it and people far afield know about it.’

Marion Russell, 87, from Crofton Lane, was at the fayre with her husband Reg. She said: ‘We come every year, we love it. The weather is bad but the response is usually very good from the local people.

‘It’s very popular. It’s good for the community.’

Linda Vince is a member of the Women’s Institute and was helping to run the WI stall, selling freshly-baked treats.

She said: ‘It’s a local event that has been going for many years so we like to be involved. It’s hugely popular, even on a wet day. Long may this event last.’