Donkeys from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary will be leading Palm Sunday service processions throughout East Devon this weekend.
The donkeys helping with the services are amongst thousands currently cared for by The Donkey Sanctuary charity, which runs six farms in Devon.
The Services on Sunday 5th April are as follows:
- Axminster - Car park to Parish Church from 10.30 am
- Budleigh Salterton - Start at Methodist Church to St Peter's Church from 9.30 am - (Donkey is Matthew)
- Colyton - St Andrew's Church from 9.30 am
- Exeter - Exeter Cathedral from 9.30 am
- Farway/Northleigh - Farway Church to Northleigh Church from 10.45 am (donkey is Corrie)
- Kilmington - Shute Road Common to the United Church from 10.30 am
- Musbury - St Michael's Church from 9.30 am
- Ottery St Mary - St Mary's Church from 9.30 am
- Venn Ottery - Bowhayes Farm to St Gregory's Church from 9.15 am
- West Hill - Potters Car Park to St Michael's Church from 10 am
Dawn Vincent, senior PR officer, says: "The donkeys we select to help with local Palm Sunday services have been chosen for their suitable temperament and love of human contact. Additional training is given to them to ensure they are confident and at ease with the task required of them.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for our donkeys to contribute to local communities and they really do help to make a tactile link to the biblical Easter story. We feel privileged to help."
The Donkey Sanctuary is involved with several other services at Beaminster and Maiden Newton in Dorset and Okehampton, Devon.