New furry pals at Lacey’s farm

Finlay Wilkinson, Harvey Priestley and Harris Priestley with new donkeys Bramble and Rosie. (627a327)
Finlay Wilkinson, Harvey Priestley and Harris Priestley with new donkeys Bramble and Rosie. (627a327)
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Animal lovers have been flocking to a Hunsworth farm to visit four new equine friends.

Two donkeys, a Shetland pony and her seven week old foal have moved in to Hunsworth Lodge Farm following the sad loss of Lacey, farmer Jack Hughes’ 26-year-old donkey.

New Shetland ponies Annie and foal Lottie at Hunsworth Lodge Farm (d627c327)

New Shetland ponies Annie and foal Lottie at Hunsworth Lodge Farm (d627c327)

The donkeys are called Bramble and Rosie, the Shetland pony is Annie and her foal is Lottie. Resident Maureen Collings said everyone in Hunsworth had been talking about the new additions.

She said: “We are all absolutely delighted. They arrived on Sunday and it’s gone round the village like wildfire.”

Mr Hughes said dozens of people had already been to meet them. He said: “It’s surprising how people knew straightaway.

“On Monday there was a Mercedes with a woman and a child there and a Range Rover with two kids and their mum.

“People are coming all the time. I’ve been surprised at the response we have had.”

When Lacey died last month, families who had come to feed her over the years tied messages and floral tributes to her gate at the farm, in Whitehall Road West.

After the Spenborough Guardian ran the story, dozens of people on Facebook and Twitter talked about how they had fed and visited Lacey over the years.

Mr Hughes said: “So many people heard about it when she died A friend in Florida got in touch with us to say they had heard about her over the internet, and some family members in Australia found out she had died over the internet too.

“We knew Lacey gave a lot of children and older people a lot of pleasure and we didn’t want them to be disappointed when they came to see if she was still here. I have taken my time and found some nice animals.”