Here's how Blackpool beach's donkeys prepare for their summer season

We take a look behind the scenes at a farm in Wakefield, where the resort's famous donkeys are taken care of ahead of their summer season on the beach.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 12:10 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 12:12 pm

Four of the Yorkshire donkeys were given special beauty treatments and medical care ahead of the May bank holiday, which marks the first time they have been able to get back in the saddle since lockdown.

Mark Ineson owner of the donkeys, was forced to claim universal credit for the first time in his life when functions were cancelled during the pandemic.

But after his animals received a visit from the farrier, dentist and hairdresser, he looked forward to getting his donkeys back on the sand, bringing happiness to children again.

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Blackpool's donkeys on their Yorkshire farm, getting ready to receive a haircut ahead of the start of their summer season.
Mark Ineson, owner of the donkeys, prepares to come out of lockdown and back to Blackpool's beaches for the start of the summer season.
Mark Ineson with his Blackpool donkeys, who spent a day at the "salon" in preparation for returning to the resort's beach this bank holiday.
Claire Farnsworth gives Trooper a haircut ahead of his return to the Blackpool sands.
Claire Farnsworth giving donkey Dylan a haircut, with farmer Stephen Carrington who looks after them.
Equine dental technician Robert Ruddy looks over the donkeys' teeth to make sure they're in good health before returning to Blackpool beach for the summer season.
The donkeys receive a thorough dental check-up before heading back to Blackpool after lockdown.
Farrier Mark Armstrong checks over the donkeys' hooves to make sure they're fit and healthy before coming back to Blackpool beach.
Farrier Mark Armstrong checks over the donkeys' hooves to make sure they have a clean bill of health before returning to Blackpool after lockdown.