A record number of entries took part in this year’s Boxing Day Pram Race, organised by Crewkerne Lions Club. For the first time in history, the annual event which celebrated its Diamond Jubilee today, welcomed two junior teams from Crewkerne Rangers football club and a combined entry by pupils from Maiden Beech Academy and St Bartholomew’s First School. The junior race ran first with parents running alongside the carts as a an extra safety precaution for the children. The winning team were Crewkerne Rangers Under 8’s who were presented with sweets and will receive a Junior Cup later when it is ready from the engravers.
Ten teams took part in the adult section of the race, which as always provided lots of entertainment for the crowds of spectators, as wheels fell off and other crazy things happened. The first men’s team over the garlanded finishing line, at the pedestrian crossing point in front of the town hall, were the Pirates from LIFT gym/fitness centre in South Street. Not to be outdone by the males from the gym, the Ladies race and silver salver was won by Small and Bossy from LIFT. The trophy for the Best Dressed Fancy Dress entry was won by a team from Oscars wine bar with Thunderbirds 2, a Vulcan bomber fuel engine. The Pub Cup was also won by Oscars, whose landlord Richard Hall always supports the Pram Race and is a keen competitor. This year Richard and his team chose the Nativity scene, complete with doll, representing the baby in the manger.
Ambulance technician Terry Lawrence provided paramedic assistance if needed, and although his professional services were not required, it was comforting to know that medical expertise was on hand if called for. Crewkerne’s Pram Race was originally organised by the Round Table of Crewkerne, 60 years ago, and although the association has long since disbanded, one of its former members volunteered at the 2019 event as a steward. Race starter and adjudicator, Lion Lesley Chudley said: “It was great to see so many people watching and more teams than ever taking part with a junior race for the first time. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Diamond Jubilee of the Pram Race such a great success. A special thank you to the Lions clubs from Axminster, Bridport and Yeovil whose members volunteered to marshal the event this year.”