Pop stars and EastEnders cast back Greenwich's fourth Pantomime Horse Race

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An Eighties pop singer, EastEnders cast members and Greenwich's Morris Men are all set to play their part in helping to kick off the town's fourth charity Pantomine Horse Race.

The south east london patch will be transformed into a course for comical, cantering animals as they trot through a variety of streets and stop at various waterholes during their journey in aid of Demelza Children's Hospice, on December 22.

Before getting started, residents can relish in some pre-race entertainment at a ceremony at Devonport House from 11am, with appearances from The King's Troop, Buck's Fizz star Cheryl Baker, soap stars from EastEnders as well as the man of the moment - Father Christmas himself.

Face painting and a tombola stall are also set to heighten excitement prior to tapes up at 1pm.

This year's route will see the equestrian-themed participants call in at The Kings Arms, The Greenwich Tavern, The Rose & Crown, Oliver's, The Richard the First and The Greenwich Union.

Spectators can also spot reindeer, zebra and celebrity-punned Horses such as Lord Alan Shergar, Philly Allen and Cheryl Foal taking on the challenge.

After the runners and riders return a special after-race Christmas Party at The Greenwich Tavern, complete with performances from Freddie Mercury and The Counterfeit Beatles tribute acts, as well as a DJ.

Advance tickets cost £7 if booked at the pub or via mark@pantohorserace.org .

Tickets on the door will be £10.

A video of last year's event can be found here

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