Child jockeys race donkies in derby

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DONKEY rides are now so rare in the UK that people travel all the way from London to Seaford Donkey Derby.

So it’s great news that this quintessentially British tradition is alive and kicking in Seaford on Monday August 27.

The event usually raises an amazing £6,500 for local charities and good causes, while pulling in between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors.

Organisers Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions are hard at work coordinating what promises to be fabulous event for the whole family.

Expect child jockeys riding donkeys in a total of seven races, where you can also place bets, as well as dozens of stalls and arena events.

There will also be Punch and Judy, Zumba dancing, birds of prey and the all important beer tent.

A fun fair and plate smashing will be amongst the entertainment on offer. The first race will begin at 1pm with the last race scheduled to take place at 4pm.

Lions fundraiser Colin Clarke said: “It’s one of the biggest events we do.

“I’m sure all the residents of Seaford look forward to it.

“People come from all over the country because donkey rides are few and far between these days.”

There will be a classic car display, including classic minis, aFerrari and a McLaren, a silent auction and an arena event from Seaford Musical Theatre.