T-shirts for Pagham Pram Race winners

Entrants get ready to start last year's race     C141484-2
Entrants get ready to start last year's race C141484-2

UNIQUE T-shirts are to be given to the winners of the Pagham Pram Race.

The yellow clothes will be handed to the pair who are first past the finishing line of the traditional Boxing Day event.

The T-shirts will celebrate the 70th staging of the race around the village’s streets and will be joined by free entry into the 2016 race.

Pram race chairman Tim Holland said the anniversary was a special occasion and proved the staying power of the fun occasion.

“This race has really caught the imagination over the years and we have had some fantastic costumes and prams.

“This fun event has really gone international with entrants from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and America and an entry from Australia with a local connection is confirmed for 2015,” he said.

“It’s fun for all the family to enjoy. Last year, we had around 3,500-4,500 spectators and it is an ideal way to blow away the cobwebs and over-indulgence of the Christmas break, especially on a frosty morning.”

Sugarcraft Guild members have also backed a special anniversary cake.

The race was started in 1946 by a group of demobbed servicemen who decided to run around the roads with one pushing a pram and the other as the ‘baby’ in it.

The challenge was to drink a pint at all the village pubs and the prize was a Christmas fruit cake made by local ladies.

The race has taken place every Boxing Day, whatever the weather, and has grown in popularity. More than 60 entries took part last year.

The three-mile route starts at Nyetimber Mill on Pagham Road at 11am and passes The Bear, The Lamb and the Pagham Beach Cafe before it finishes back at The Lamb’s car park.

Anyone can enter the race. They just need to be over the age of 18. Entries can be made on the day or at www.paghampramrace.com

Categories include fancy dress, novelty and public houses. There is a £10 fee.

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