VIDEO: Law no longer an ass as donkeys return to Beighton Gala

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The law was no longer an ass at Beighton Gala as donkeys returned to the event today after their controversial ban last year.

Thousands of people packed on to Beighton Welfare Recreation Ground for the free event this afternoon, with donkey rides just a small part of the day’s entertainment.

Kodi Lim, five on a donkey ride at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Kodi Lim, five on a donkey ride at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Last year, a bizarre red tape row saw the donkeys banned from the event at the last minute as Sheffield Council said organisers needed a little-known ‘riding school licence.’

The row made national headlines and was even discussed in the House of Commons.

Tracy Higginbotham, one of the organisers of the event, said the ‘mishap and miscommunication’ that caused last year’s problems have now been dealt with.

She said: “We have got the donkeys back. Last year, it was a bit silly - it even got debated in the House of Commons.

Extreme Racers at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Extreme Racers at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

“But it is all sorted now and everybody has been very cooperative in making that happen.”

Dad Ritchie Jones, whose daughter Holly was among those riding the donkeys, said he was pleased they were back.

The day started with a parade of floats through the village, with thousands lining the streets.

There were more than 100 stalls manned by local groups and charities, with performances by young dancers, music from the Woodhouse Brass Band and a dog show among the activities.

Stepping Out dance troop at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Stepping Out dance troop at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Money was collected at the gate to try and cover the £4,500 costs for the event.

The gala has been running for more than 100 years at the same site and is always held on the second Saturday in July.

The parade at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

The parade at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Aaron Fuller does archery at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Aaron Fuller does archery at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Woodhouse Brass Band at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Woodhouse Brass Band at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Beighton Princess 2015 at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

Beighton Princess 2015 at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

The parade at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

The parade at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

The parade at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe

The parade at the Beighton Gala. Picture: Andrew Roe