There were prams, a pantomime horse, gnomes and Formula One-style racing cars complete with overalled and helmeted drivers and engineers. Whatever they dressed up as, they raced like demons to cover the distance between the King’s Head and Foresters’ Arms pubs in East Hoathly on Boxing Day.
The village pram race is a now a regular Christmas fixture and people taking part admit it’s the best antidote to an excess of turkey, plum pudding and that wedge of Stilton.
Costumes are dreamt up a day or so after the previous year’s race and painstaking work goes on throughout the year - under the strictest secrecy - to ensure that even the last home get a massive cheer. The village high street is always lined six deep and watchers join racers for a welcome pint or two in the pub afterwards.
The Boxing Day pram race is an annual fundraising event on the calendar of the village Carnival and Bonfire Society. Proceeds go to swell the coffers of local charities and to contribute towards Guy Fawkes festivites in the autumn.
East Hoathly parish councillor Susie Mullins told the Express: “This year we had an assortment of characters. They’re not all pushing prams either, there are wheeled vehicles of all sorts and the people in the front and back of the pantomime horse had hooves instead. It was a great day.”