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'Poo pickers' are hired for Windsor's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

'Poo pickers' are hired for Windsor's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Francis Batt

'Poo pickers' are hired for Windsor's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Most people sometimes use a certain rude word to describe their job.

But for a team of 30 men and women who will be working as 'poo pickers' at this year's royal equestrian event of the year, it will be appropriate.

They will be designated 'poo pickers' when the Diamond Jubilee Pageant featuring 550 horses from all over the world takes place at Windsor Castle over four evenings this May 10 to 13.

The organisers have hired a team from Ireland headed by Nigel Jess. The team will have to deal with an estimated 45 tonnes of horse manure expected to be produced by the stars of the show.

Nigel and his team will be on hand 15 hours a day to pick up manure from the arena and the stables back stage.

In the arena they use specially designed tools. But backstage it will be the standard shovel.

A spokesman said: "The poo pickers are certainly behind the scenes heroes of this royal extravaganza. After this the team will take a well earned rest before they head to Greenwich where they will be working at the equestrian competitions for London 2012."

The picture shows some of the human stars of the show, who will come from all over the world with their horses. With them are Angela Rippon and Alan Titchmarsh who joined them last year when the show was first announced.

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