Today’s annual Greenwich pantomime horse race took place to raise money for Demelza Children’s Hospice. ¬†Comedian Arthur Smith mounted an ostrich to start the race, then joined the horses, a banana, tomato, chicken and knight as they raced, or crawled around the backstreets of Greenwich, visiting four pubs along the way.
Santa visited before the official start.

Greenwich pantomime horse race 2012
Greenwich annual pantomime horse race to raise money for Demelza Children's Hospice.

After an official launch from Mr Smith, they’re off, with photographers ready to capture their every move, er, hoof? Note the importance of the tomato and his sound effects.¬†Breaking news – apparently it’s hot inside a horse costume.

Greenwich pantomime horse race

As the only entrant with a (chicken) jockey, this horse still needed a guiding tail from the horse in front.