Town’s pram race pulled in the charity cash

DULL skies and morning rain were not enough to put off intrepid entrants in Heanor’s pram race back in 1995.

It was the fifth year the event had been held, with six teams taking part. They all donned fancy-dress for the occasion as they raised cash for charity.

We dug up details on the pram race – the fifth to be held in the town – which told how since the event began the organisers had raised an impressive £8,000 for charity.

The September, 1995, the event made more than £1,800 alone, with cash going to the British Heart Foundation and Leukemia Research.

The race started at Heanor’s Recreation Ground, where the then Heanor Mayor Jim Richardson and his wife judged the fancy-dress competition, with Kidsley Grange nursing home being chosen as the winner with their ‘just married’ theme.

As the race started, our report says it was ‘mayhem’ as the competitors hot-footed it around the town with their prams. They headed towards Mayfield Avenue, Wilmot Street, the Market Place, Derby Road and Thorpe Road before heading back to the start.

David Soar and Dave Mulby, with their ‘Wayne’s World’ pram were home first. David also raised the most sponsorship money with £500.