Harry the donkey, five-year-old Isla Rawlingson-Plant, her father Matthew, with Bruton Primary school pupils in the background.

Harry, Isla and Matthew Rawlingson-Plant.

A little donkey delivered Christmas dinner to more than 160 staff and pupils at Bruton Primary School. 

The much loved six-year-old donkey Harry, is a popular attraction at the nearby Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre. He plodded onwards through the streets of Bruton following owner Matt Rawlingson-Plant, carrying his precious load, which included a roast turkey dinner, in specially designed paniers.

Matt Rawlingson-Plant, came up with the idea after explaining the importance of the donkey in the Christmas story to his five-year-old daughter Isla. She had been disappointed after being cast as the animal in last year’s school nativity play.

The food was prepared by the award-winning centre’s catering team, which provides the school’s daily meals. The Centre’s miniature Shetland pony – Miss Effie, also accompanied Harry on his journey to make sure he behaved.

On their arrival Harry and Matt were welcomed by school pupils and staff, who sang a chorus of Little Donkey to them before everyone tucked into the festive menu.

“I was really touched by the chorus of little donkey when we arrived and Harry seemed to like it too,” said Matt Rawlingson-Plant.

Lucy Dowdle, head of Bruton Primary School, said: “It was a lovely way for the children to end the term having their Christmas dinner delivered by Harry the Donkey from Mill on the Brue, especially after learning all about the donkey’s journey to Bethlehem in their Nativity.”