Tyne & Wear

Donkey duo retire from Northumberland attraction after 20 years

Donkeys. Photo: Cherryburn
Image caption Freda and Esmeralda grew up at Cherryburn

Two donkeys are putting up their hoofs after spending more than 20 years working at the birthplace of a Northumberland artist.

Freda and Esmeralda have been one of the main attractions at Cherryburn House in Stocksfield, where artist Thomas Bewick was born in 1753.

The donkeys, both nearly 25-years-old, will now spend their time at a donkey retreat near Hexham.

"We are all going to miss Freda and Esmeralda," said manager Mick Wilkes.

One of Northumberland's most well-known artists, wood engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick, was born at Cherryburn.

The farmstead overlooking the Tyne Valley in the 18th Century, inspired Bewick's work - engraving the scenes of the pastoral landscapes into wood.

Fred and Esmeralda played a key role at the house, instilling the natural and rural life that once inspired Bewick.

Mick Wilkes, said: "We are all going to miss Freda and Esmeralda who have been a popular attraction at Cherryburn for many years, but in discussions with the donkey sanctuary, we feel that they can receive more expert care at their new home in Hexham."

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