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Donkey Derby

Race cards at the ready for an afternoon of Donkey Derby at the Thorpe Hall Meadow at Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex in 1969.

Amateur film 1969 7 mins

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On a Saturday afternoon in August 1969, Clacton Cine Club member (and three times Chair) Joan Hammond records the local Donkey Derby held on the Thorpe Hall Meadow at Thorpe-le-Soken. Side attractions include a Punch and Judy show, games including ‘knock a girl out of bed’, hoop-la, and coconut shy, and a competition to smash a piano to pieces.