Ferndown’s ‘biggest babies’ to launch summer fun week for town

Bournemouth Echo: DUMMY RUN: Promoting this year’s pram race, from left, are Billie Brown, Pete Thornton, Cllr Liz Norman and Cllr Tony Brown DUMMY RUN: Promoting this year’s pram race, from left, are Billie Brown, Pete Thornton, Cllr Liz Norman and Cllr Tony Brown

FERNDOWN’S ‘biggest babies’ are set to take part in a one-of-a-kind charity dash.

Last year’s inaugural Pram Race – which saw adults dressed as babies take part in a pub relay – raised thousands of pounds for local good causes.

And the 2014 event is set to go one better, as it’ll be followed by a week of summer fun for all.

Organiser, Councillor Tony Brown said: “We’re going even bigger than last year.

“We’ve decided to host a Ferndown Fun Week, which will begin with the Pram Race on June 21. That day, there’s going to be a full-blown market in the town centre, which will incorporate a farmers’ market. After that, many of the businesses in the town will run themed nights during the week and, on June 28, it will end with a fete on the King George V field.”

The race, which is strictly for adults, will see teams of runners pushing huge prams between Ferndown pubs.

At each pub, the participants must down a pint, which can be a soft drink, before dashing to the next stop.

Although most of those taking part will be on foot, each team will have a ‘baby’ sitting in the pram.

Cllr Brown said: “We’re doing something a bit different this time.

“We’re going to make the race a bit longer by adding non-drinking related pitfalls and forfeits along the route. Ideas already mooted include blowing up balloons and games of Splat the Rat.”

Three committees have been set up to co-ordinate different elements of the event. To volunteer, or for more information, email tony@y-notfinance.co.uk

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