Rain hits donkey derby, but charities still benefit

THE WEATHER managed to get the better of the crowds at this year’s Donkey Derby but the day still promises to have raised funds for local charities and good causes.

Organised by Montrose Rotary and Round Table, the event is one of the main fund-raisers in the organisations’ calendar and has raised thousands of pounds over the years.

Sunday’s event on the East Links still managed to draw a crowd to watch riders from the Kincardineshire Pony Club run all nine of the organised races, which had been sponsored by local businesses.

The afternoon also included entertainment from the Gordon School of Dancing and Montrose Town Band, and featured a number of local organisations including Tayside Fire and Rescue, DebRA, the YM and Montrose Amateur Operatic Society.

Derby convener John Fraser also said that the side-shows and children’s rides had been particularly popular as well as the local primary schools’ Beat the Goalie competition.

Activities were curtailed by a heavy shower of rain at around 2.30pm, about an hour after the event began, although continued afterwards. A second heavier shower around an hour later, however, meant that the organisers had to reluctantly throw in the towel.

Mr Fraser said: “The turnout was fine and we started well but we had to finish early.

“It has been quite some time since we’ve had to finish early and I remember some years ago it started off fine but there was a heavy shower and we had to call it quits. If the weather had held up we’d have had a pretty successful afternoon all round.

“We had a really heavy shower of rain at around 3.30pm and, regrettably, we had to call it a day as people were starting to leave.

“We managed to run all the races, the entertainments were fine and people enjoyed that kids’ rides and traditional games but it’s still to early to say how much it raised.”

The winner of the lucky programme is number 1189 and anyone holding that programme can claim their £50 prize by contacting Mr Fraser on Montrose 675466.