Old Photos of Witham

Donkey Derby, Henry Cooper, boxer, doing commentary

Taken: 10 September 1966, Ref: M861

Second Donkey Derby organised by the Round Table in the Park (recreation ground), Maldon Road. Proceeds to a mini-bus for Witham Old People’s Welfare Association. About three thousand people attended and the profit exceeded £500. Henry Cooper (British heavyweight boxing champion) was the visiting celebrity. Here he acts as a commentator for one of the races. He also took part in a race in donkey carts (sulkys) with Round Table chairman Peter Beck. Henry won and returned the prize bottle of champagne for auction.

RefM861
Date taken10 September 1966
SourceBraintree and Witham Times. Neg dep at ERO, Acc A8484.
Posted on Full size 575 × 590

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