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A  rider takes a tumble at the  Donkey Derby at Foxhill Park, Queensbury
A rider takes a tumble at the Donkey Derby at Foxhill Park, Queensbury
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The Donkey Derby returned to Queensbury and was the highlight of a fun-filled afternoon.

Six sponsored races were held during which six donkeys each carrying a jockey weighing less than eight stone had to complete a short course.

“They went any way and every way and it’s always quite funny and entertaining,” said Oliver Richardson, Queensbury Scout Group band leader.

“Money raised goes towards the running costs of the scout group.”

The group, which has a membership of 150 youngsters and is in its 85th year, has its own headquarters in Albert Crescent.

It has been staging the event bi-annually since the 1980s and it has grown into a big community event.

Other attractions in Foxhill Park included a tug-of-war between pub teams, birds of prey, a dog demonstration, beer tent, and fun fair.

Entertainment included live music and dance.

Scout leader Roger Hyde said the event was well supported locally with around 4,000 programmes sold and more than 2,000 attending.

“It is now the biggest event in the village calendar,” he said.