Donkey takes the lead

Charlie with his leader Nigel Lewis.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141114-033) PPP-140413-162158001
Charlie with his leader Nigel Lewis.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141114-033) PPP-140413-162158001
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CHARLIE the donkey made a guest appearance at a Palm Sunday procession.

The 38-year-old donkey, who lives at Keydale Nurseries, relished the attention from the scores of people gathered near the Royal Garrison Church, on Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth.

He led around 100 parishioners to Portsmouth Cathedral for a Eucharist service.

Julia Holt, from the cathedral, said: ‘It was a beautiful, sunny morning. All the kids seemed to know Charlie too.’

Nigel Lewis, who was looking after Charlie, said: ‘We do this every year and this year was one of the best yet. It was beautiful.’

The procession started a week of events at the cathedral, including an informal Good Friday service that will tell the story of Holy Week, starting at 10am.

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