‘Mini’ pram race is given the go-ahead

Kimberley Town Council has decided to allow the annual pram race to go-ahead – but just for one hour.

The pram race will take place for an hour in the morning, and it will be followed by an afternoon fun-day.

Council vice-chairman Dave Nunn said: “It will be a pram race, but in a modified form.

“We wanted to preserve the historical aspect of the pram race because it’s important to the town, but we didn’t want it to go ahead as it was.”

The pram race will start at 11am and will parade down to Hall Om Wong Park.

There will then be live music, food and beer tents and events for the kids between noon and 5pm.

The event this year will be held in September because the council will not have enough time to organise it for July, when it usually goes ahead, it says.

A summer fun-day will however be held in July to make up for the fact that the pram race will be delayed.

Families will be able to
 enjoy donkey rides, a make-shift beach and games and
 activities on the Stag Recreation Ground.

The council had planned to confirm plans at a meeting last night, May 30, after the Advertiser went to press.

Earlier this month the town council told the 
Advertiser it wanted to scrap the pram race because it had been ‘blighted by booze’.

A backlash ensued with locals saying the historical event was part of the town’s heritage.