Special festival at Cirencester Church
DONKEYS will take the leading role in a church service in the run up to Easter.
Cirencester’s first Festival of the Donkey will bring together people of all ages with a special focus on including the elderly, disabled, people with special needs and their carers.
Amongst the congregation will be at least six donkeys and two sheep.
Invitations have been sent to children from special needs schools throughout Cirencester and North Wiltshire.
MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown will also be attending.
The festival marks the revival of an ancient French tradition which used to mark the biblical role of the donkey on Ash Wednesday.
The service will start at Cirencester Parish Church at 10.45am on March 20.