Donkey Sir John named after industrialist

A DONKEY colt, rescued from a gypsy camp in Leeds, has been named in memory of one of Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary s supporters.

A DONKEY colt, rescued from a gypsy camp in Leeds, has been named in memory of one of Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary's supporters.

Sir John Harvey-Jones, MBE, chairman of ICI chemical company from 1982 to 1987, died in January.

He was also president of Ross-on-Wye town's brass band, which performed at Manor Gardens, Exmouth, on Saturday in aid of the animal charity.

A regular visitor to the sanctuary, he owned several donkeys and was friends with its founder Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, who, accompanied by two donkeys, attended his memorial service at Hereford Cathedral.


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Dr Svendsen said: "Sir John was one of the few people to recognise that donkeys are very intelligent animals."

The colt, to be known as Sir John, is currently on a farm in Buxton, Derbyshire, before making the journey to his safe haven in Sidmouth.

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