Forty painted donkeys arrive in Weston-super-Mare

One of the painted donkeys
Image caption The donkeys can be seen at locations around the town

Forty painted donkeys have taken up residence in Weston-super-Mare to celebrate 200 years of tourism in the town.

The glass fibre animals have all been sponsored by local businesses.

They will live on concrete plinths around the town until November when they will be auctioned for Children in Need.

Weston's real beach donkeys were voted the nation's best seaside attraction in the national Coast Awards in 2009.

The town's Grand Pier events co-ordinator Fiona Hooper said: "It's a celebration of tourism in the town and the reopening of the Grand pier and the completion of the sea front enhancement.

"So it's a celebration really of everything coming together."

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