HAPPY Brayday Friday!

Friday, believed to be the oldest donkey in the UK, celebrated his 51st birthday on Good Friday at his home near Llandysul.

A small party was organised for him by his owners, the Hoyland family and his favourite nibbles of blueberries and a carrot and apple cake were on the menu.

“He is surprisingly well at the moment but was very ill during October and November where we thought several times that he would not pull through, but then he bounced back as cheeky as ever,” said proud owner Wendy, whose daughter Tibby made him his favourite cake.

“He’s very independent and a couple of weeks ago he went missing. as He just does what he pleases and goes in and out his stable and the garden as and when he wants.

“He had followed his best friend Biscuit the pony on three mile hack recently.

“I had to go looking for him and when I found him he was happily trotting behind him,” added Wendy.

Friday, a firm favourite with his junior owners William and Tyler, was purchased as a yearling by Alan and Anne Tromans of Capel Iwan in the 60s having been born on Good Friday in north Pembrokeshire in 1965.

His party was attended by close family and friends as Wendy explained: “Last time we did a nativity play here one Christmas and we had about 70 people in his stable.

“He does just love attention and if he is not at the centre of it will go knocking feed bin lids off.

“He does take a lot of looking after and it’s not cheap but he does look really well with a shiny coat.

“He’s not thin at all but he’s shrinking. Rugs that fitted him seven years ago now hang off him but his appetite is very good.”

It is hoped that all being well, Friday will celebrate his next birthday with his favourite cake and caring family.