Saturday, September 23, 2017
Call for pantomime horse racers for wacky fund raiser

Call for pantomime horse racers for wacky fund raiser



A call has gone out for racers to take part in one of the wackiest annual fund raisers .

It has been revealed the 2017 London Pantomime Horse Race is to be a “ rock and pop icons” special edition. The call is being made now for participants to sign up for the charge around Greenwich town centre in the run up to Christmas. Organiser of the event, now in its eighth year,  is looking forward to seeing a stampede of contestants such as The Gee Gees’, Maredonna and ‘Neddie Mercury’ racing alongside an Elvis ‘Presneigh’,

This year the race is aiming to raise as much cash as possible for the ‘YouCan Youth Cancer Support charity. Once again the event is to also include a pre race ceremony in the grounds of Devonport House in Trafalgar Road, a musical street procession and after race Xmas party.

The 2016 ‘United Neightion’s themed event which featured performances from Squeeze, the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir and The Cheeky Girls attracted record crowds and was covered by TV crews from around the world.

Looking forward to this year organiser Mark Biddiss said: “Expect to see racing costumed nags, dressed in the image of the contestant’s chosen rock star or pop idol. The sight of ‘The Gee Gees’, Maredonna, & ‘Neddie Mercury’ racing alongside Elvis ‘Presneigh’, ‘Mr Ed’ Sheeran and Stevie Wonder-‘Horse’ are sure to prove rather amusing if slightly bizarre spectacles to the hundreds of spectators, that turn up each year, to watch the central Greenwich street race.”

He said the confirmed acts for the ticketed after-race Xmas show include ‘Equestrian’ John, Paul McCartneigh and ‘Abba Chique’ while the pre race ceremony will be hosted by comedians Nick Wilty and Lewis Schaffer.

Sarah Marsh, from YouCan Youth Cancer Support, said: “We are delighted to be chosen as the 2017 charity partner of the London Pantomime Horse Race. We are immensely grateful to organiser Mark Biddiss whose hard work and dedication in putting together this truly unique public event in London, has helped raise vital funds to support the work of the charities he has raised money for. We are honoured that Mark has chosen ‘YouCan-Youth Cancer support’ this year, to help highlight and support the important work the charity provides.

YouCan supports young people whose lives have been impacted by cancer through individual programmes of therapeutic support and by offering holiday breaks on the Kent coast.

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Reporter | Resident of Lewisham for more than 25 years and studied sociology at Goldsmiths. Previously worked for many years as a picture researcher for book and part work publishers and joined The Mercury after studying for a NCTJ at Lambeth College. Big yoga and walking fan – not just in the country but also along the River Thames. Love South East London and wander around Lewisham town centre, Deptford High Street and Greenwich Town Centre at least once a week. Mandy has worked for the Mercury for 14 years.


Call for pantomime horse racers for wacky fund raiser