WESTBURY Lions enjoyed another successful Donkey Derby on Sunday as hundreds of residents saddled up to join in the fun.

The annual event has proved popular in the town since its inception and this year was no different, as over 500 people flocked to White Horse County Park to take part in the whacky races and cheer on from the side.

With 12 donkeys, supplied by Richard Warburton, taking part in eight races throughout the day, the event raised around £3,000 which the Lions will distribute to local causes and charities.

Lion Nigel Coward said: “It was another brilliant event and went far better than any of us expected.

“This year we were on a different field at the country park and lots of people commented on how much better it was, with far more space to both take part and spectate.

“We have always been well supported by Richard and it is obvious just how much he cares for his animals when he visits. He has supported us from the beginning and always comments how much he loves coming to the Westbury event.

“We want to say a huge thank you to him and to everyone who came along to make it another derby to remember.”

Other family attractions on the day included fair rides and a bouncy castle, mini railway, coconut shy, tote and plenty of stalls provided by local charities and businesses.

The event was also visited by members of the MK Garrison, a group which specialises in Star Wars costuming.