Children and their pets make a charming subject at any time but when their pets include some of the first Spring lambs the picture becomes even more appealing.
Sisters Shirley and Lindsay Tucker and their cousins Simon, Matthew and Clare Langdon brought some of their four-legged friends together for this picture taken at Cadds Down Farm, Bideford, the home of Mr and Mrs P Tucker.
Easily the senior member of the group is Trixie the pony, seen here with her young companion Bobby. Trixie has delighted three families of children during her lifetime, being passed on as her owners out-grew her. Her exact age is not known but it is thought she could be as old as 40.
Next in order of seniority comes 14-year-old collie Rexo who refused to be left out of the limelight.
The Gazette article is dated 1 March 1974