Seaford Donkey Derby kicks off on Bank Holiday Monday

Donkey Derby in Seaford
Donkey Derby in Seaford

Child jockeys and donkey races - it just wouldn’t be Bank Holiday Monday in Seaford without it.

The event has been running for 30 years and in time honoured tradition returns to the Martello Fields in College Road on Monday August 25 with proceedings kicking off at 12.30pm.

Seaford Mayor Mark Brown will officially open the event with Lions president Trevor Gomersall.

From 1pm to 4pm there will be a donkey race every half hour and there will even be donkey rides.

It is organised by Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions Club, raising money for local good causes.

A beer tent will be manned by Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club and there will be coffee, teas and cake stall.

In addition there will be 36 stalls comprising both charity and commercial, a fun fair, hot food and ice cream.

Entertainment will include owls, Punch and Judy and classic minis from B J A Motors.

Programmes for the event, where not obtained through house to house provision prior to the event, will be available at the entrance point on the day.

The event usually ends about 4.30pm following the end of the last Donkey Race at 4pm.

Kenneth Shipway, from Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions, said: “The proceeds of the three main club events, the two Donkey Derbies at Peacehaven and Seaford and the Seaford Half Marathon, are usually used to assist deserving causes in the Telscombe Cliffs to Seaford area and to maintain and run the two minibuses the club has for use locally throughout the area.”