24 March 2013


The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock
In the Tripe Marketing Board's newly-published book The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock, author Derek Ripley makes a number of references to the custom of donkey stoning and donkeys being stoned in Lancashire.

Following representation from the Lancashire Association of Donkey Sanctuaries and the Home Office Counter Drugs Unit, we are pleased to acknowledge that neither the stoning nor drugging of donkeys has ever been widespread in the county.

Dr Ripley clearly took the term 'donkey stoning'  literally to mean throwing or hurling stones at donkeys, rather than the practice of scrubbing the front doorstep of a house with a donkey stone which was once widespread in Lancashire and to which the term refers. 

We apologise sincerely for any offence caused to the donkey community and their owners.

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