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Horse-drawn carriage could become regular sight in Truro

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

  • Peter Woodford and Nicky Mendham with Ringo and George and their horse drawn omnibus. Picture by Keith Richards. TRKR20121027C-001_C

  • Pete Woodford and Nicky Mendham, of Lizard Stallions, with Ringo and George and the horse-drawn omnibus which could become a familiar sight on the streets of Truro.

  • Peter Woodford and Nicky Mendham with Ringo and George and their horse-drawn omnibus Picture: Keith Richards

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The majesty of a horse-drawn double-decker carriage could soon become a regular sight on the streets of Truro.

The only carriage of its kind in use in the UK, it would be led by shire horses George and Ringo.

Cornwall Council's miscellaneous licensing committee will today consider an application by Lizard Stallions to take up to 18 people at a time around the centre of the city from 11am to 3pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Nicky Mendham, from Lizard Stallions, said: "I think its charm comes from the history and the heritage of it all.

"We have two great shire horses and the omnibus has iron-shod wheels – it will sound amazing on the cobbles of Boscawen Street."

Tourism organisation VisitCornwall told Ms Mendham and her partner, Pete Woodford, that nearly 80% of people on holiday in Cornwall visited towns. The couple hope to link up with organisations such as Truro Civic Society to tell people about the history of the city. The horse-drawn carriage was seen in Truro for the Victorian market in December. Ms Mendham said: "It's an original item that goes back to 1860. It started life as a horse-drawn tram in Southampton docks."

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