May Day Donkey Derby and Fete – Sunshine All The Way

The sun shone on what was believed to be the warmest May Day Bank Holiday on record for the 35th Annual Donkey Derby and Fete at Pelhams Park, Kinson.

BBC Radio Solent Presenter Katie Martin Opened the Big Day at Pelhams Park

The event organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North was a huge success pulling in the crowds to watch the spectacle of Donkey Racing, a Dog Show and many other events provided by the Rotary Club together with lots of other local charity organisations.

The grand opening was performed by BBC Radio Solent Presenter Katie Martin making her first visit to Pelhams Park. Katie said that “she was delighted to be invited to open the Fete” and spent the afternoon enjoying the attractions and a very welcome ice cream.

Katie presented the Afternoon Show 5 days a week for six years at Radio Solent before taking a break to start a family and now hosts the Breakfast Show each Saturday morning between 6 and 9 am.

With AFCB’s Cherry Bear in attendance and the Pool Borough Band playing a superb medley of everyone’s favourites there was no shortage of entertainment and attractions.


Club President John Spurgeon of BNRC said that “it was brilliant to have such a gloriously sunny day which brought out so many people. The people of Kinson have given tremendous support to this event over so many years and it is much appreciated. With so many people coming down from far and wide to hit the beaches, the Fete provides a great alternative for the holiday weekend”.

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While the final figures of money raised will not be known for as few days, it looks like being another good year and the Rotary Club give their assurance that every penny raised on the day, together with many other events that they organise during the year, will be donated to local Charities and Organisations providing much needed support when necessary.

President John went on to thank all Rotary Members, wives, husbands, family and friends who worked so hard on the day and the Fete Committee led by Rotarian Gabriel Shead, who have been planning and preparing for the event during the past year. He said “its great when a plan comes together and this certainly did just that”

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