April fool pranksters turn Alton Barnes horse into zebra

This Is Wiltshire: The Alton Barnes White Horse was given stripes  for April Fool’s Day             (DV1217) By Diane Vose The Alton Barnes White Horse was given stripes for April Fool’s Day (DV1217) By Diane Vose

Villagers in Alton Barnes had to do a double take on Tuesday when they saw this zebra where the famous white horse usually stands.

The horseplay saw the 201-year-old chalk landmark sporting black stripes, fashioned from plastic sheeting, across its body and a black nose as part of an April fools prank.

Mike Lynch, of Goddard Road in Pewsey, spotted the new look while taking his dog for a walk.

He said: “I thought it was brilliant and then April 1st came to mind and I thought someone had a good sense of humour.

“I remember a few years ago when the white horse in Pewsey was covered over with grass in the build-up to carnival and then it appeared in the procession and it reminded me of that.

“Quite a lot of people stopped to take photos.”

It is not the first time the horse, which sits on Milk Hill, has undergone such a makeover; it was also turned into a zebra in 2003.

Land owner Tim Carson said: “It attracted a lot of intention and it’s a bit of harmless fun.

“Whoever did it went back in the evening and took it down, which was nice because last time it happened I had to go up and take it down. They were polite pranksters.”

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