PICTURES: Families flock to Backwell Scouts' annual donkey derby

PUBLISHED: 18:37 01 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:02 02 July 2019

The last race at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The last race at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Children saddled up for an annual Donkey Derby.

Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBackwell Scouts Donkey Derby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The 34th Backwell scout donkey derby took place at the Backwell School playing fields on June 23.

Even a spot of drizzle failed to keep families away, as hundreds of villagers came together to support the troop for a day of donkey rides and racing.

As well as the donkey rides, villagers could take part in a bout of sumo wrestling using suits, battle each other on the greasy pole or tackle a 35ft inflatable assault course.

The derby, 'a mainstay of Backwell's events calendar' raises more than £3,000 for the 1st Backwell Scout group each year.

Braving the rain at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBraving the rain at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Scout leader Frank Cox said: "The day went extremely well. The playing field was packed.

"Though it's a lot of hard work, it is worth the effort as it's an event to remind people about the value of scouting and has become a mainstay of this seasons events in Backwell."

The commentary team at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe commentary team at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Slippery pole contest at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONSlippery pole contest at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Sumo suits at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONSumo suits at Backwell Scouts Donkey Derby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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