Sheffield history brought back to life at Manor Lodge Open Day - SLIDESHOW

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A PANTOMIME animal race was the unusual highlight of an open day at Sheffield’s Manor Lodge.

People dressed as pantomime horses, hobby horses and a dragon were among those taking part in the contest which involved having to jump across hurdles.

Traditional skills: A working horse at the Manor Lodge open day. Photos: Barry Richardson.

Traditional skills: A working horse at the Manor Lodge open day. Photos: Barry Richardson.

There were also ‘living history’ re-enactors and a display of working horses showing how the animals used to play a key role in industries such as agriculture.

Chris Reece, development officer for Green Estate, said: “There were junior and senior categories for the pantomime animal race.

“The adult race included two pantomime horses, a small hobby horse and a traditional hobby horse as used in mummers plays.

“They were joined by a dragon, supplied by the Laxton Archers who were providing living history at the Turret House. The dragon was pipped at the finish by the hobby horse Sheffield United Warrior.

“The turnout for the junior race was so large that heats had to be run in the under-eights section to prevent congestion at the jumps.

“Posies of pictorial meadow flowers were presented to the winners as a link to the Olympics, where the flowers had been on display, and the winner of the eight to 12s race won with tickets for Cinderella at the Lyceum.”

Doncaster Waites Music Group and Sheffield Pipe Band provided music.

* A further pantomime animal race will be held on Saturday, September 15, at Ruskin Park Fun Day which opens from 1pm.