The fun of the Sandhurst Donkey DerbyBy Mike Pyle
May 29, 2009
Sunshine was on the programme for this year's fun event the Sandhurst Donkey Derby.
Hundreds of people flocked to the Bull and Butcher field in Yorktown Road for the fun filled event on bank holiday Monday.
In the last two years the popular day out had been marred by rain, delays and cancellations.
But this year grey clouds gave way to bright sunshine all afternoon as children took part in a series of donkey races.
Sandhurst mayor Councillor Carole Cupper opened the festivities. She said: “It was a lovely afternoon. I’m just so pleased it was a nice day.
“There were crowds of people there and I think they must have all had a really good time.”
The new mayor of Bracknell Forest, Councillor Bob Wade, was also there manning a stall for his mayoral charity the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
He said: “I’m so glad it wasn’t rained off this year. It was really well attended, I don’t know how much money we raised for the RNLI yet but people were very generous.
“I didn’t have a go on the donkey although councillor Paul Bettison did suggest that maybe the mayor should have a go!”
In 2007 the event didn’t happen at all due to the weather and last year it was put back by almost a month after a rain-soaked bank holiday weekend.