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Care home's quest to find Blackpool's 'missing' donkeys
Monday 22nd March, 2010

Care home's quest to find Blackpool's 'missing' donkeys
81 year-old Alan Jennings feeding the donkeys in Ashton Heath.

Have you ever wondered where Blackpool’s donkeys go when the weather is cold and they are not to be seen walking along the beaches of the famous seaside town? Well, 81-year old Alan Jennings, resident of CLS Care Home, Golborne House in Golborne, Wigan, set out on a quest to find the answer.

Alan and his fellow residents at Golborne House, where he has lived for three months, had heard a tale that the Blackpool donkeys come from a farm in Ashton Heath, where they return during the colder months. So, armed with a big bag of carrots, Alan set out on a special mission to find Blackpool’s ‘missing’ donkeys.

Accompanying Alan on his search of Ashton Heath was Lorraine Marshall, who arranges the residential home’s activities and outings. She comments: “It didn’t take long to locate the donkeys but when we spotted them they were on the other side of a huge field. There was a public footpath running along the side of the field but it went off in the wrong direction. So, Alan suggested waving some carrots in the air to see if we could tempt them over. It worked, as surely enough, one by one, the donkeys came over to us. They were very friendly and very gentle when they took the carrots off us.”

Outside of the seaside town’s main holiday season, the Blackpool donkeys take a break from the beaches and return to their home on the farm. With Easter just around the corner, the donkeys will be returning to Blackpool very soon, but Alan and Lorraine hope to go and visit them again in Ashton Heath before they go.

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