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All white now! Chinook chalk drop revives horse

Pale imitation: The horse before (above) and after (below) PICTURE: RAF/APEX

A PUPIL chalked up a fitting farewell to her school — by calling in the military to spruce up a giant white horse artwork on a nearby hillside.

Molly Sutherland, 11, and her family came up with the idea of re-chalking the faded landmark in Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, as a goodbye present from Year 6 at Woodborough Primary.

She called on the military for help — and had an army of volunteers on hand to spread 100 tons of chalk after it was dropped by RAF Chinook helicopters to freshen up the 180ft by 160ft artwork.

Molly said: ‘I am very excited. It is great so many people turned up. It was a real community effort.’

Neigh to go: Molly with chalk

Flt Lt Oliver Kinsey-Jones, who flew from RAF Odiham, said: ‘Molly and the rest of her class arranged for the chalk to be donated by local building company, Lovell Construction.

‘She also had support from the local parish council, the prime minister, and Sir David Attenborough, whose responses she proudly read out in school assembly.’