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Anneka Rice 'sorry' over damage


Anneka Rice said she is "so, so sorry"

A team of conservationists are having to repair damage caused to a Dorset landmark after a revamp on an episode of the BBC's Challenge Anneka.

Television star Anneka Rice attempted to spruce up the White Horse landmark at Osmington in Weymouth in 1989.

The challenge saw her gather a team of locals and lay white stone chippings, but they have since started falling down the hill leaving bare patches.

Ms Rice said she was "sorry" and offered to help repair the landmark.

She told the BBC: "It is just terribly sad and I am so sorry that we were obviously given all the wrong ingredients and advice.

"These projects were really thought out, we had legal teams, researchers, everything had to be checked out.

"We have to check with heritage officials and the council and they gave us strict criteria.

"Everything was meticulous researched because it is a national monument, a real treasure.

White Horse at Osmington courtesy of Dorset County Council
Most people believe the horse was carved in honour of King George III

"We were just working very hard with the community but it is unfortunate we were given the wrong instructions.

"I do think the important thing is now is to get this right and I will definitely volunteer to come and help."

The 260ft (79m) horse, which overlooks Weymouth Bay, is thought to have been carved in the early 19th Century.

Dorset historian Rodney Legg said: "It was super for the cameras but as soon as nature started to take effect it all washed away.

"It has being going down the grass and falling off and causing more problems than it solved."

A group, including Dorset County Council and conservationists, are now assessing the restoration of the horse.

Steve Wallis, Dorset County Council senior archaeologist, said: "We want to restore the White Horse in all its glory to as near as possible to how it once was."

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