DO you have happy memories and photos of going for a donkey ride on Weymouth beach?

If so, the creators of a website on Weymouth’s donkeys would love to hear from you.

John Moyce of Osprey Marketing is looking for old pictures, particularly those in black and white, of the donkeys - and beachgoers- on Weymouth’s golden sands.

Donkey custodian Melanie Rush is dedicating the new history section of to all those who had the care of the donkeys before she did.


To kick things off, Weymouth resident Peter Barron has supplied pictures of the beach donkeys - and a picture of himself from 1958.

He said: “On the left in the baseball cap is Len Downton, who owned the donkeys.I am kneeling down at the front on the right with fair hair, I was 13 at the time. I am now nearly 74 so it was taken many years ago!”

To view the collection so far, go to

Anyone who has old photos to add to the collection should email John at