Derby Day delight for familiesBy Laura Herbert
June 14, 2011
Hundreds of families headed to King George V Recreation Ground for the annual summer fair and donkey derby.
Despite the light rain visitors enjoyed music from Maidenhead Concert Band, a fun fair and dog agility classes.
The six donkey races were the highlight of the day with some of the young jockeys taking a tumble as they raced to the finish line, and the crisp drop from the Supermarine Spitfire Flypast.
The afternoon fundraiser on Sunday was the 17th organised by Twyford Scouts.
Tom Toy, Twyford Scouts leader, said: “In view of the weather I think things have gone surprisingly well.
“It has been spitting with rain but it seems to have held off and I think a lot of the crowds have still come, but maybe not quite as many as last year.
“The donkey races always create a lot of interest. A few kiddies fall off, which is unfortunate but they soon recover.”
He added: “In terms of entertainment, it has got bigger than last year, and it seems to get bigger every year.”
Younger visitors to the fair in Loddon Hall Road enjoyed playing on the bouncy castle, driving go-karts and a fun fair, while the adults enjoyed a beer tent and barbecue.
A number of stalls were on display at the event including Twyford-based charity Feed The Children, Twyford Churches and the local Townswomen’s Guild.
Carol Comley, from Twyford, said: “I think it’s very good. My daughter has come over to it with my grandson but I’m from the Townswomen’s Guild so I have come to support them and their cake stall.
“They were doing all right, but I think the rain may have spoilt it a little.
“I have lived here for around 30 years and I have been quite a few times but not in the last few years, but I have got my grandson with me today.”
Pippa West, from Lower Earley, enjoyed the day out with her family.
She said: “I think it is very good for the children and good family entertainment. We brought the children along and they’ve had fun. It’s a shame the weather isn’t better.
“We come every year as the children like looking at the donkeys and they like watching the racing.”