Donkey Sanctuary’s summer fair fun in Sidmouth

SIDMOUTH Donkey Sanctuary’s summer fair was hailed a huge success.

Visitors were entertained with a variety of activities and attractions, including a barbecue, live band and a Punch and Judy show, writes Gemma Clapp.

Amanda Gordon, PR officer for the international animal welfare sanctuary, felt the event was on par with last year’s spectacular day.

“The weather was kind to us and we were over-whelmed with visitors at this year’s summer fair,” she said.

“Our mules display, face painting and tractor rides were hugely popular.”

Young and old made friends with the donkeys at the site near Sidmouth and staff member Sara Blair was among those demonstrating how mules at the sanctuary are cared for.

Live music kept visitors entertained and some were encouraged to join in with the chorus as chief photographer Simon Horn captured the fun of the afternoon.

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Although it is not yet known how much the event raised for the Donkey Sanctuary and its connecting charity, The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust, Amanda is hopeful it will be much as in other recent years.

“The event had a good turnout with many people donating generously,” she said. “We are unsure of the amount raised, but it looks set to be another good year for donations.”