Donkey Derby - Take Two!

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Montrose Rotarians and Round Tablers are anxiously studying this weekend’s weather forecasts as they prepare for the rescheduled Donkey Derby, which will now be held on the East Links this coming Sunday, July 15.

The event is a major fund-raiser for both organisations, and over the years has realised many thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes.

Event convener John Fraser said: “We were so disappointed in having to call off the event last month because of the rain.

“The other organisations who were taking part and the many spectators who intended to come along were equally disappointed.”

As well as the pony races, on which spectators can place bets, there will be a host of side-shows, including a coconut shy, bottle stall, a bouncy castle and other rides for children.

A barbecue and other refreshments will be available.

There will also be number of games where visitors can try their skill, face painting and a beat-the-goalie event. It is hoped to have some donkeys from The Pony and Donkey sanctuary at Forfar along for stroking.

Also taking part is a number of local community groups including Tayside Fire and Rescue, Coastguards, Montrose Twinning Association, Debra, the YM, the Girl Guides and Friends of Susan Carnegie Centre (Friends of Sunnyside) – and even a magician.

The derby gets under way at 1.30pm on Sunday.

Admission is free and there will be ample free parking at the East Links.