My Life with The

WHITBREAD SHIRES

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WHITBREAD SHIRES

THE WHITBREAD SHIRES WERE A FAMILIAR SITE IN THE CITY OF LONDON WHERE THE BREWERY MAINTAINED A TRADITION OF USING THE HORSE TO DELIVER BEER WHICH BEGAN MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES AGO.
THE SHIRES ARE A CONTINULLY ADMIRED BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WATCH THEIR PROUD UNHURRIED STEPS.

THE SHIRES ARE LARGE HORSE EACH ONE WEIGHING NEARLY A TON, AND ARE NAMED IN PAIRS SUCH AS “ ROYAL AND SOVEREIGN “ “ JUPITER AND SATERN “ “ HERCULES AND HECTOR AND “ HENGIST AND HORSA “, ONCE PAIRED THEY CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM FOR THE REST OF THEIR WORKING LIVES.

APART FROM ATTENDING CARNIVALS, PUB OPENINGS AND VARIOUS AGRICULTRAL SHOWS, THE SHIRES PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN FORMAL CEREMONES OF STATE EACH NOVEMBER, SIX OF THE WHITBREAD SHIRES DRAW THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDONS COACH. THEY ALSO DREW THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS COACH DURING QUEEN ELIZABETH 11s JUBILEE, THE SHIRES ALSO ATTEND EVENTS SUCH AS THE WHITBREAD GOLD CUP AT SANDOWN AND THE HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW.

HOWEVER, THERE COMES A TIME WHEN THE OLD GREY SHIRES HAVE TURNED ALMOST COMPLTELY WHITE AND LEGS TIRED AND THEY SPEND THE REST OF ONE’S DAYS IN RETIREMENT ON THE COMPANY’S HOP FARM AT BELTRING, PADDOCK WOOD, KENT.

John Sparks driving Jupiter and Saturn at Headcorn,Kent

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