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Horse around for charity at the London Pantomime Horse Race

Kyra Hanson

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's two guys in a horse costume. And there will be a whole team of them galloping the streets of Greenwich next Sunday as part of the seventh London Pantomime Horse Race, in aid of The Sick Children's Trust.

American comedian Lewis Schaffer is hosting the pre-race ceremony at Devonport House, where there will be a 'Strictly Neigh Dancing' competition – the theme of which is 'United Neightions'. Expect to see a topical dance-off between the US and Mexico involving a wall. Then the horses will have a chance to show off their manes in a pre-race street parade before putting their best hoof forward at 1pm.

If you thought things couldn't get any cheesier, the winner will be greeted by none other than The Cheeky Girls, who will then perform at the Prince of Greenwich alongside a U2 tribute band. It might not have the suspense of the Grand National, but there's sure to be a hell of a lot more laughs. 

You've got until December 4 to sign up and it's £50 for a two-person horse, plus £50 and a deposit for costume hire. 

The London Pantomime Horse Race kicks off at Devonport House, Greenwich, SE10 9JW at 11.30am on Sun Dec 11. 

Want more festive fun? Check out our guide to Christmas in London.


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