Council to cost horse head decorations

A project that will see model horses’ heads mounted on lampposts along Newmarket’s High Street has moved a step closer.

Newmarket town councillors voted on Monday to allow town mayor Cllr George Lambton to work with councillors Joy Uney and Mick Jefferys, chairman and vice chairman of the town’s leisure services committee, to cost the project and move it forward.

The next step would be sending out letters to local individuals and businesses asking them to sponsor a head.

Heading for Newmarket is the brainchild of Cllr Uney, who was also responsible for the Horse about Newmarket painted horses project last year.

That scheme saw 13 life-size model horses painted with designs based on the names of winners of the 2000 Guineas.

Sixteen smaller horses were also painted by local schools, youth organisations and charities.

The Heading for Newmarket project will see 30 horses’ heads sponsored by local businesses adorning lampposts from Birdcage Walk to the clock tower.

The cost of each head has been estimated at £150, with a further £100 required to fix a holding bracket to each lamppost.

Meeting on Monday, members of the council’s leisure services committee heard that a sample head could be put in place in January using machinery hired to take down the town’s Christmas lights.

Cllr Uney told members that a number of organisations had already expressed interest in the project, including Tattersalls, Newmarket Racecourses, and the Bedford Lodge hotel.