Pulled along the canal in a bathtub by a pantomime horse

Launching Round the World for Wishes is Round Table President John Payne, towed by a pantomime horse and Ben Morley, the Tabler who built the raft.
Launching Round the World for Wishes is Round Table President John Payne, towed by a pantomime horse and Ben Morley, the Tabler who built the raft.
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THERE can’t be many more unusual ways to travel than this, but if you can think of any, Rugby Round Table to like to hear from you.

Poised a couple of feet above the chilly Oxford canal in Rugby last week was John Payne, national Round Table president, who was launching the organisation’s Round the World for Wishes fundraiser.

For the stunt he was pulled in a bath by members of the town’s Round Table dressed as a less than convincing pantomime horse.

Fellow Tablers, businesses and members of the public are now invited to travel an unusual ten miles to help children with life threatening illnesses. The Round Table’s 10 mile stunt will take place on the Oxford Canal this Saturday.

Mr Payne said: “Round the World for Wishes is a chance to do something unusual and raise some much-needed funds.

“Participants include one man who plans to travel coast to coast by unicycle, another who’ll travel ten miles up and down on an escalator, a business planning a ten-mile pub crawl and even a premiership footballer who’s travelling aboard a jet ski dressed as Elvis.”

Organiser Alistair George added: “We decided to bring a return to horse-drawn craft to the canal but with a twist.

“We’ll take it in turns to dress as the pantomime horse and pull the bathtub ten miles.

“There are three pubs along the way so it might take a little while as we stop for refreshment, including a bowl of beer and an apple for the horse.”

The campaign was initially taking place for two weeks in October but has now been extended to April next year.

Visit www.rtcw.org or call 01202 514515 for more information.