Most racers turn up on the day and work out their horse manoeuvres by trial and error – but for some it’s never too early to start their training for the big day.
Photographer Tim Anderson snapped a herd of super keen ponies this morning as they cantered and pranced alongside The Thames and up to the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
Comedian Harry Hill threw his support behind this year’s event, as well as other celebs including Jamie Oliver and Arthur Smith -with Cheryl Baker appearing at the ceremony and tribute acts Freddie Mercury and The Counterfeit Beatles performing.
Costumed competitors and The King’s Troop took part in a pre-race ceremony at Devonport House with the race kicking off from King William Walk, followed by an after party at the Greenwich Tavern.
Event organiser Mark Biddiss said: “The fantastically silly race is very much a must-see event. Namely for the absurd sight of galloping pantomime horses, along with people dressed up as various fruit and vegetables. ”
Lots of media turned up – even Chinese State Television sent a crew to report on the event.
‘Brian Nay’ made a special guest appearance at the Balcony of Devonport House, Greenwich, to perform ‘God save the Queen’ in front of a huge crown.
‘The Queen’ also showed up on the Balcony along with ‘Freddie Mercury’. Footage also features a grumpy looking Court Jester, played by the brilliant comedian ‘Arthur Smith’ .
Comedian Arthur Smith AKA The Grumpy Jester.
Her Majesty The Queen (kind of) addresses the crowd at the pre race ceremony.
‘Nay the Horse be with you’ says Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar.
What a fantastic day we had!
Thank you to all who came, donated, took part and supported the 3rd Annual Greenwich Charity Pantomime Horse Race on Sunday 23rd December.
Marvellous montage by Soggy Semolina on Flickr.
A huge thanks to The Wander Monkeys and Warren King for these pictures…