The QHOF Sutton Valence Pram Race has been held on New Year’s Day for more than quarter of a century and has raised significant amounts of money for both local and national causes.
Spectators come from throughout the surrounding countryside and the race is regularly featured in the local media.
Two races are run. A Veterans’ Race, for competitors over the age of 45 and a Main Race.
The three-contestant teams dress is a variety of bizarre costumes of their own creation. Two members of the team push the third member (always named thee ‘baby’) around the course in a themed ‘pram’ or go-cart, stopping to drink a half pint of beer at each of the four public houses that line the route.
2015 Race photographs can be viewed here http://www.johnstarns.com/Pramrace – enjoy!
QHOF organise a Summer Ball every other year, the like of which you will not encounter in these parts and is so much the better for raising absolutely stacks of cash for charity!
There were dancing girls, an auction with all proceeds going to charity (it never ceases to amaze me how generous people are on these occasions) and brilliant band by the name of Marylebone Jelly. To get an idea of what went on at the ball, just click here and you will be transported off to John Starns website where all the photographs live – enjoy!
Here are the photographs from the 2012 Pram Race from Sutton Valence based photographer John Starns. Just click on this link to be transported back in time! Sutton Valence Pram Race 2012.
Queens Head Oddfellows Fund organised a street party fit for a (future) King as hundreds of residents from the village and beyond turned out to eat, drink and be merry and to share the happy couple’s joy. This event raise a total of £1200.00 and was presented to the Parish Council for much needed funds to complete the Play area at the Memorial playing field.
Here are a collection of photographs that John Starns took around the village on the day. It really was amazing that so many had turned out in the glorious sunshine to celebrate in style.
In the evening, those who were still in the mood to celebrate were treated to the amazing sounds of Sugarfoot Stomp as they played a vintage set to music lovers of all ages at the Queens Head.