Harold the donkey visits Kidlington church for Palm Sunday

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Everyone kept their fingers crossed that the animal being led through the streets would behave himself.

Even more important was his conduct when he took his place at the front of the pews as the joyful Palm Sunday service got under way in church.

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This was the scene in Church Street, Kidlington, in 1973 when Harold the donkey was escorted to the village church of St Mary’s.

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He seems to be well under control at this point in the procession as he is led by sisters Bridget and Christine Eastman, with help from younger children.

Palm Sunday falls on the weekend before Easter and commemorates Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four gospels.

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