There was a record turn out for Northam’s Christmas Eve Crib Service that once again featured a live donkey as its star.

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

Bobbie the donkey was back at the annual service hosted by St Margaret's Church and this year a total of 275 people attended.

Mary and Joseph, (aka Evie and Harry May), took charge of Bobbie, who behaved impeccably.

The service has been hailed a great success, as many other local children took their parts as angels, shepherds and wise men.

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith

The Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray GoldsmithThe Christmas Crib Service with a real donkey at St Margaret's Church, Northam. Picture: Ray Goldsmith