Let us neigh... Strider ticks cathedral off his list
This is the moment a horse named Strider gallantly strode up the aisle of a historic cathedral to receive a prayer of blessing.
William Reddaway and his horse Strider made a one-off stop at Exeter Cathedral yesterday on a unique journey to all four corners of the country.
Retired estate manager Mr Reddaway, 65, and his trusty companion were in the city as part of a fundraising quest to cover 2,500 miles and visit 30 cathedrals across the country.
Mr Reddaway said: "We've done three corners and Exeter is our 26th cathedral.
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"The welcome we received coming in and up the nave to the altar was very special."
The Great West Doors of the historic building were opened to allow Mr Reddaway and Canon Anna Norman Walker to lead the 12-year-old horse up the central passageway.
"We were delighted to welcome William and Strider into the Cathedral and it is a great privilege to both bless Strider and support in prayer this creative charitable venture," said Canon Norman Walker.
Mr Reddaway is hoping to raise £250,000 on the journey with his horse, that was expected to take seven months and is nearing its finish.
Charles Foister, who was visiting Exeter with his wife Jill, said: "We just happened to be here when a warden said: 'Excuse me. A horse is going to come up the aisle'. I've never seen anything like it before, it was marvellous."