MP wants answers about pram race

They are off Eastwoods town cryer Andrew Plumb starts off Kimberley playgroup on the timed run, watched by the large crowd.
They are off Eastwoods town cryer Andrew Plumb starts off Kimberley playgroup on the timed run, watched by the large crowd.

An angry MP has written to Kimberley Town Council asking why the town’s pram race was cancelled.

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has asked for an explanation from the council, responsible for organising the event, saying she found it ‘strange’ it did not go ahead.

Ms Soubry said: “Given the huge popularity of the event in the past, I find it strange that the Kimberley Pram Race was cancelled.

“In the past there has been the most amazing turn-out from Kimberley, with many people turning up to watch the race go by.”

In the letter the MP asks what arrangements were put in place to organise the race, if pubs were informed, and what publicity the council gave the event.

The pram race involved a pub-to-pub sprint through the town with teams pushing prams in fancy dress.

But the council had concerns it had turned into a disorderly street drinking event, and said the police were unable to marshall it due to changes in the force.

Following months of planning, the July event was revamped and rescheduled for September 8 as a short parade followed by a fun-day at a local park.

But a week before it was due to take place the council announced the event would be cancelled because there had been no entries.

Chairman of Kimberley Town Council Cllr Jim McDonald said months had been spent planning the pram race and trying to make it work. But the council had to cancel it to save expense which could be used to benefit the community in other ways.

“The council was very keen to progress the pram race, albeit in a different shape, and we worked very hard on it,” he said.

“We used the press, tv, social media and put leaflets through doors, libraries and businesses throughout Kimberley. This council was committed to working as hard as it needed to make it a success. But in the absence of any applicants we took the right decision.”

He said he would ask councillors for their feedback to Ms Soubry’s letter and would make a formal reply.

The Pram Race dates back 40 years and has raised more than £100,000 for charity.