Longridge’s annual Boxing Day Pram Race was another wow of a day for both participants and organisers the Field Day committee.
More than £2,000 has been raised so far after 49 teams and 274 racers made the event as brilliantly colourful, inventive and extraordinary as ever.
A damp day did not prevent crowds of supporters and onlookers filling the race start at the Towneley Arms on Berry Lane, when a klaxon blast saw the teams off at five minute intervals.
Diverse and wonderfully costumed characters in ‘prams’ of all shapes and sizes shot off along the pubs and clubs route through the town.
First home in an awesome 23 minutes being Longridge Young Farmers as the lively and equine ‘Happy Feet’ (see photograph on page one), followed by The Golfers in an equally impressive 57 minutes.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Longridge, Coun David and Sheila Moon, were on hand to judge the best pram, the prize going to the Disney Princesses - nine beautiful girls dressed as the heroines of Disney tales. Longridge Prayer Group came in second and The Egyptians were third.
Field Day committee member Joan Potter reported afterwards that although proceeds were not yet finalised, it was evident that the event had raised over £2000.
She said “That being the case, we would like to say a big thank you to all the participants for their efforts both in their innovative costumes and their attendance on the day. and we also thank all the volunteers on the day, particularly those who assisted at short notice.
“We must also include a big thank you to all the pubs taking part . we hope that they will all participate next year. They put in a lot of hard work to make the day a success. and it is much appreciated.”
The final total raised - to be shared between Field Day funds and local charity the JWU Foundation - will be published when all the collections are complete.
The Field Day Committee will hold its first meeting of 2014 in January when a start will be made on planning for its major summer event.