St George finds trusty steed for Lyme show

Thor gallops to the rescue to take a leading role in the new mummers play

A HORSE named Thor has galloped to the rescue to take a starring role in a new mummers play at Lyme Regis.

The traditional piece of street theatre is being revived in the resort on Saturday (January 14) with a promenade performance starting from outside the museum at 3.30pm.

But the man behind the “Mummer’s The Word” production – 23-year-old Oxford graduate Harry Ford – has had some tricky moments casting the show.

First he had to appeal, through the Midweek Herald, for someone to play the part of St Michael the Archangel and then he needed to find a suitable steed for St George, of dragon-slaying fame.

Danny Anholt, a teacher at Millfield School Equestrian Centre, rode to the rescue, putting Harry in touch with student Olivia Price who has now agreed to loan her grey Danish horse Thor for the role.

It’s a “mane” part says Harry and he is delighted to have filled it.

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Thor is apparently very excited, too – and according to Mr Anholt has been “treading the boards of his stables at night!”