Street racers draw a pramtastic reception
THERE were balloons, crowns, pirates – and even the odd lost wheel at Edenbridge's Pram Race on Monday.
The event drew hundreds of people from the town and surrounding areas as young and old whizzed down its High Street in a bid to be the fastest, the best dressed – or even just to make it across the finishing line.
Competitors in the adult category had to make seven stops on the route, starting at the Swan pub for a quick half pint before careering down the High Street to the roundabout outside the fire station, turning around and then finishing up at the entrance to the Leathermarket car park.
The Swan pub's entry triumphed in the adults section and for the first time there was a junior section, for those aged under 11, which was won by Cobbett's Crown Crew.
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Other entries came from the Brownies, the staff at Edenbridge Leisure Centre, Scouts, Edenbridge Rugby Club and groups of friends keen to have a go.
There were some dodgy moments, especially as one pram almost ran off the road, its driver apologising to the crowd on the pavement before explaining: "Our front wheel doesn't work too good".
Last year's pram race had been the first in 15 years and it is hoped the race can now become an annual event, as an opener to the town's yearly Eden Valley Summer Festival.
Peter Kingham, chairman of the Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce and on the organising committee for the day, said: "It was a very busy day but everyone seems really happy with how it went."
Residents who came to see the race were also thrilled with its success.
Roy Hartley, 58, of Lingfield Road, said: "You just have to look at the crowds here to see how well it has done. This is how Edenbridge should be – everyone is enjoying themselves. I don't know why we didn't have this event for so long."
His wife Liz, 49, said: "The prams look fantastic and everyone is having fun. It would be great if the weather helped us out a bit more but you can't have everything."
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