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The Edenbridge pram race got underway this Bank Holiday Monday, with local famous personality and legend, John Surtees, the only man ever to win World Championship's on two and four wheels, starting the race.
 

There was a great selection of weird and wonderful "prams" that entered the race, all in an array of fantastic colours and designs, all those who took part wore some great outfits that made this pram race...one to remember!

A.A. Larmar ready to go, all with a great smile

 

Even the legend "Elvis", himself was there, looking stunning in his red stage outfit, and fully prepared with his team to run the race to the finish.

The pram race organisers, Laura Mendes and Julie Thompsett were signing-in the teams and handing out the race numbers, as well as taking many images of all the competitors in their wonderful "prams"!

The Swan, Marlpit Hill, hosted the start of the race, it was packed inside and out with people, not only those taking part but many friends and family of the teams, who had all come to see the start.

As the seconds ticked by the "pushers" were ready for the first long haul to the next pub.

John, gave the starting orders and waved the Union Jack, and the teams took off in a frenzy to get in front and take the lead.

They rushed down Marlpit Hill, under the railway bridge towards the town, all the way along the old Roman road dozens upon dozens of well wishers and supporters were clapping and whistling the teams as they passed

 
Mr John Surtees ready for the presentation

The first stop - The British Legion - where the beer's and drinks were ready for the thirsty competitors was quickly guzzled down, as they headed to the next stop.

Every pub in the town, was visited by the teams and supporters, ready as always to down a drink and get moving to the next stop.

The Star, was the last pub to reach, and from there it was the final dash back over the river bridge to the finishing line in the High Street.

 

There was a fantastic welcome for the winning team, and all those teams who took part, by those lining the street who flocked round to give them all a great ring of applause and cheering their splendid efforts to reach the finish.

 

Literally hundreds of people flocked to the High Street to enjoy the day, Kent F.M. radio was there and the D.J. played some great sounds for the enjoyment of the people. Mocha Bean Cafe, had a Bar-B-Q, cooking some delicious hamburgers and other snacks, young children lined up to have their faces painted by experts, and the town's bellringers were demonstrating to the young and old the art of this long established musical excellence.

In the old Market Yard, a marquee was erected where many people could buy fresh local produce, supplied by growers from Edenbridge and the surrounding area's.

It was a great day for the town, and many voiced their opinion by stating that...it was certainly one of the "best"ever!

A special Thankyou to all - The Eden Valley Festival - organisers for their time and effort in providing such a wonderful day for everyone!

 

Please visit their website for more information - www.edenvalleyfestival.org.uk

 

 
   

The teams were as follows:

AA Larmar

The Swan

Little Fishes (mum’s from the toddlers group)

The Anthill Mob (AKA The King & Queen)

Reigning Champions

The Forge Singers

Edenbridge and Mont St. Aignan Twinners

 

Prizes were awarded as follows: 

 

Fastest Team: Adults Mixed - sponsored by Magnolias - The Swan

 

Fastest Team: Adults Men -  sponsored by The Edenbridge Directory - Reigning Champions

 

Fastest Team: Adults Ladies - sponsored by Rydon Homes - Little Fishes

 

Fastest Team: Under 18s - sponsored by Eaton Williams - No entries

 

Best Fancy Dress: Under 18s - sponsored by Topfoto Gallery - No entries

 

Best Fancy Dress: Adults Caterham Cup - The Forge Singers

 

Best Dressed Pram - sponsored by The Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce - The Swan

 

John Surtees judged the fancy dress and best dressed pram categories.

 
 
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