The O’Keefe group is cementing its position as the leading specialist construction company in London by sponsoring what is arguably the capital’s most unique race event, The London Pantomime Horse Race.
The race on Sunday (December 10th) gallops back into the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site for its eighth consecutive year, and if the sight of racing pantomime horses is not surreal enough, then the theme for this year is rock stars or pop idols. The event is raising money for the charity YOUCAN Youth Cancer Support.
O’Keefe, who already lend considerable support to the communities around their current head office in Greenwich and the new head office which is under construction in Kent, agreed to sponsor the race after chief executive Patrick O’Keefe and managing director Lee Horsley heard about the event at a Chamber of Commerce networking lunch.
Patrick said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this annual, charity sporting challenge. Everyone taking part will have a lot of fun in raising money for a great charity. We want to wish everyone luck for the day and look forward to being involved in future events.”
The event begins with the popular pre-race ceremony in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site from 11:30am – 1pm on Sunday. Hosted by respected comedians Nick Wilty and US comic Lewis Schaffer, the show features the parody panto horse dance-off contest Strictly Neigh Dancing which takes on a special Madonna-themed tribute.
Performing live will be “Maredonna” herself, who will perform “Into the Hoof”. Things are set to get even more surreal when a 70s era Elton John called “Equestrian John” makes an appearance (complete with his magic mobile piano), to entertain spectators attending the free-to-enter event.
The renowned “Rock Choir” will also take to the stage to perform a medley of classic rock and pop hits, before the pop star panto horses arrive to take their place at the starting line for the 2017 race at 1pm.
The streets of Central Greenwich will be transformed into a course for glammed up comical looking pop/rock star lookalike nags. Entries include Neddie Mercury, Beyonce-Neigh, Elvis Preseniegh, Camel Minogue and an unexpected reunion of sorts from the bickering brothers Noel and Liam Galloper.
These panto horses begin the race from the grounds of Devonport House, onwards to their first of six pit stops along the quarter-mile route. The five best performing horses, with the most awarded points per pit stop will then face their final race challenge, the space-hopper panto horse finale. The first nag to reach the finish line will be crowned the official 2017 winner. There’s simply no other race quite like it in the sporting calendar.
For more information, please go to www.pantohorserace.org