Pantomime Horse Race Birmingham 2005
The fourth annual running of the
Plaza Pantomime Horse Grand National took place on Sunday 4th December,
on Edgbaston Street, St. Martin's, near the Bullring. With around 33 horses
and Babu taking part.
Competition was fierce. Jockeys had to contend with
a gruelling 12-fence obstacle course with the water jump and foam bath
providing the biggest challenge to competitors.
100.7 Heart fm's
Darren Kelly hosted the event, with Heart fm entrant, Hoof Hearted,
Pantomime stars from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
Hippodrome, The Alexandra Theatre, the Old Rep and the Crescent were also be
on hand to cheer on the horses. Nature Centre's very own Babu the Red Panda
also made an appearance after another great escape.
The final was watched
by the The former Bishop for Birmingham, the Rt Rev John Sentamu and The
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams with The Lord Mayor John Hood.
After the race the Bishop and Archbishop walked through the Bullring and
German market before Dr Sentamu bid a final goodbye to Birmingham with a
final service held at the ICC.
The event helped to raise money for the
Lord Mayor's chosen charities - Acorns Children's Hospice, Leonard Cheshire
Services, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Women's
Campaign at Birmingham Hospital.