Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ancient horse acquires a jockey

Sightseers to the 3,000 year old Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire have been surprised to see it has suddenly gained a jockey.

The new addition to the prehistoric hill figure is a marketing stunt by bookmakers Paddy Power to celebrate the Cheltenham Festival, which starts next week.

It took a 20-strong team six hours to install the temporary 200ft wide and 110ft tall jockey - nicknamed Paddy - under the cover of darkness.

Paddy is made out of more than 200 metres of lightweight canvas, pre-cut into five separate pieces, secured to the ground by 500 tiny tent pegs.

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