Return of pram race is a Force for good

Competitors are left a bit flour-faced after completing one of the challenges in the pram race. - By

Competitors are left a bit flour-faced after completing one of the challenges in the pram race. - Byline: Christopher Bass - Credit: Archant

Villagers in Branscombe turned out in force for Force cancer charity to welcome back the first ‘pram race’ in 25 years.

Ross Willmington organised the revival in aid of the cause and encouraged residents to make their own ‘prams’ to race in.

Ross said: “It was a really good night. Lots and lots of villagers came to support and watch.

“I think it has been lovely in that it’s almost had a bit of a Fair Week feeling as we started it on Saturday - it was a good way to start off. I think it will be back next year.”

Wilf and Shirley Rabjohns, who were named best-dressed at the last pram race in 1991, were invited to start off this year’s fun at the Fountain Head.


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For the first three stages, challengers had to navigate apple bobbing, pick out a dummy from a bowl of flour and down a pint of cider or a soft drink to move on to the next part of the course.

Marion Ivey, known as Mar to many, greeted participants with a kiss at the fourth stage challenge.

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Finally, outside the Masons Arms, competitors had to eat doughnuts suspended from a line without using their hands.

Awards were handed out to the oldest and youngest participants - John and Val Marchant and Sam Gladstone respectively. Alistair and Kay Smith were named as best-dressed, tackling to the course dressed as Fred and Wilma Flinstone, and Sarah and Sid Miller won a prize for the best contraption.

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