Pram-pushers take to streets

Jasmin Wilde and Lois Wilde were part of the Noahs Ark playgroup team.
Jasmin Wilde and Lois Wilde were part of the Noahs Ark playgroup team.

THE SMURFS, pirates and superheroes all formed part of this year’s Kimberley Pram Race.

The annual event took place last Sunday and saw seven teams in fancy dress racing their prams through the town.

Kimberley's Your Move turned out as the super hero's. Sasha Hall, Emily Wagstaff, Ben Wagstaff, Dan Wagstaff.

Kimberley's Your Move turned out as the super hero's. Sasha Hall, Emily Wagstaff, Ben Wagstaff, Dan Wagstaff.

There were street entertainers, fairground rides, face painting, balloon modelling, a mime artist, a stilt walker, clowns, magicians, live music and various stalls.

The chairman of Kimberley Town Council, Roy Plumb, said although the event was a success, less teams entered this year and the council will be holding a meeting to discuss how to take things forward.

He said the drop in numbers could have been to do with a problem they had with promoting the race, but said councillors may look in to incorporating the event into something bigger next year, such as a festival.

“We are going to have to have a re-think about how to advertise it more widely, or absorb it into another event,” he said.

Matt Keetley, Jim Logan, Lexi Wayman, Tyler Wayman were the team from Victoria street Kimberley.

Matt Keetley, Jim Logan, Lexi Wayman, Tyler Wayman were the team from Victoria street Kimberley.

“We want to continue with a huge event of that nature but whether it will take the same form next year I don’t know.

“Maybe we could have a festival type event instead of just a pram race and have a broader base.”

However, Cllr Plumb said despite those talks, it was still a ‘wonderful day’.

“At the end of the day it was an overall successful event,” he said. “We had no problems and everyone had good fun.

Eastwood's Greasley Castle turned out as St Trinians.'Sarah Lambert, Ian Burgess, Jo pinkney, Karen Sadler.

Eastwood's Greasley Castle turned out as St Trinians.'Sarah Lambert, Ian Burgess, Jo pinkney, Karen Sadler.

“The fairground was very busy, the band was great and the street entertainers gathered the crowds and were marvellous.”

Town crier Andrew Plumb opened the race and Mike Hartshorne, Malc Judge and Harry Burton from the original 1970s event committee went along to judge the best prams and hand out prizes.

The Smurfs won £100 for the best dressed pram while The Forkers won the speed trail and were given £25.

All the proceeds were given to Help for Heroes, a decision made by the council following Cllr Ian Campbell’s nationwide pub tour that raised over £140,000 for the charity.

Eastwood's Warburtons bakery staff turned out as the hoola hoola girls.

Eastwood's Warburtons bakery staff turned out as the hoola hoola girls.

The pram race usually attracts between 12 and 20 teams, and at its height would attract 70 plus.

The event was started by a committee of Kimberley residents in the early 1970s.

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.