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An emotional goodbye for Scotty's Donkeys as popular attraction closes gates for final time

The farm was alive with family fun amid heartbreak over the weekend, as staff at a beloved animal attraction closed its gates for the final time.

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Tony Scott and his daughter-in-law Gemma Mytton-Scott of Scotty's Donkeys

In what was an emotional goodbye, staff and visitors at Scotty's Donkeys and Animal Park looked back fondly on a decade of farmyard fun.

Run by Tony 'Scotty' Scott and his daughter-in-law Gemma Mytton-Scott, Scotty's Donkeys has been based at Apley Estate on the A442 Bridgnorth Road for around a decade.

Rider: Melody Ryder, five, from Telford

In May this year, Apley Farm announced it would not be renewing the park's lease amid changes to the farm shop complex, and Scotty's was faced with the daunting task of finding a new home.

Scotty's Donkeys

But after months of trying to find a suitable location, the difficult decision was made to shut up shop and find new homes for the park's 100-plus animals.

Over the weekend, hundreds of visitors turned out to say goodbye to the staff and animals, enjoy a barbecue and take part in a final family fun day.

Emotions were running high for many and the visitors on the day included people who have been visiting the park since it opened.

Louise Stevens and Summer Donnell, four, from Shrewsbury and Telford