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Why donkeys should not be forgotten this festive season

The little donkey is a mainstay of the Christmas nativity scene, but this year the animals at Co Antrim's Donkey Sanctuary will have a quiet Yuletide. Linda Stewart finds out why, and you could win a great prize in our special competition

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Special place: Lorraine Nelson at The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick

Special place: Lorraine Nelson at The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick

Special place: Lorraine Nelson at The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a dewy-eyed donkey hovering in the back of the nativity scene. And it makes sense that one of the most special places to listen to Christmas carols is the Donkey Sanctuary in Co Antrim, which is home to 11 of the animals.

"Christmas at the sanctuary is always very special," says centre manager Lorraine Nelson (53).

"Normally at this time of year we would host a carol service, but this year we can't because of the pandemic. Last year, Cancer Focus held carols at the centre - we left the door open and our donkeys Benji and Alfie were looking in as the carols were sung.


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