‘Donkey day’ raises £6K for diabetes charity

Showing off a pet at Parkgate Donkey Day. INNT 39-450-CON.
Showing off a pet at Parkgate Donkey Day. INNT 39-450-CON.
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A charity “donkey day” and vintage gathering took place in Parkgate on Saturday September 6.

Approximately 1,000 spectators supported this event in aid of Diabetes UK NI.

Attractions included tractor racing, ‘slippery football’ and ‘catch the egg’.

Not only were the children competitive, lots of willing and able-bodied adults competed in the ‘wheelbarrow’ race raising a laugh amongst the crowd.

The digger competition, the ‘quad train’, ‘Soak the Vicar’, lucky dip, face painting, ‘guess the name of the donkey’ and number of sweets in the jar proved to be great fun 
for everybody.

Teas, coffees and a cake stall were also well-supported to raise funds for this worthwhile charity.

The vintage tractors, cars and lorries as well as the steam engines proved to be an attraction for all ages.

The main event of the day was the donkey ‘derby’ and donkey ‘chase’. There was a great atmosphere with crowds jostling for a good position to view the antics of this event. The ‘derby’ was won by Jim Monteith from Clabby, Fivemiletown, and the chase was won by Brian Taylor,Ligoneil.

The success of the day was reflected in the sum of £6,000 appoximately being raised. Also many donations were received and 
gratefully accepted.

Thanks was extended to those who volunteered and helped in any way, to John Andrews for judging the donkey shows and Lisa McCartney for judging the pet show and to Mr and Mrs John Minford for the use of the land.

A presentation night will be held in McConnell’s, of Doagh, on October 18, to Diabetes UK NI, starting at 9.00 pm. Proceeds on the night will be for the Jonjo Bright Trust. Music by Philp Strange and DJ Graham. Admission £5. 
All welcome.