Hessle Road rallies to save pram race
COMMUNITY campaigners have vowed the Hessle Road Pram Race will go ahead this year.
The popular event looked like it would not take place in 2013 after the Pram Race Trust disbanded due to rising costs and other setbacks.
But Tracey Henry, who helped organise last year's race, and community stalwart Steve Carter have decided they will work together to ensure there is a race.
Ms Henry has already been talking to businesses and people in the community and believes there is enough support.
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She has already managed to secure £500 sponsorship from one taxi firm to help fund the race this year.
Ms Henry said: "There is clearly a lot of support out there for the pram race.
"Hessle Road has a real sense of community and I know people and businesses will pull together."
Ms Henry and Mr Carter have already started to draw up plans to raise the £5,000 needed to run the event.
They are looking to hold a number of fundraising events this year.
Mr Carter said: "The race will definitely take place in some form. We are determined one way or the other.
"It's a fun day and it gets all the community involved.
"It would be crazy to let it go. It is a great way to remember what Hessle Road and the fishing industry is."
Mr Carter feels the issues surrounding health and safety has been on of the biggest headaches.
He said: "Unfortunately, the trustees have been panicking about the costs and the health and safety issues.
"We have had discussions with different groups which has gone very well.
"There has been interest from the Friends of Pickering Park but they would want it to be held at the park.
"That wouldn't be the same but at least it would keep the tradition going.
"We already have £1,000 pledged and we hope to get the same again from Tesco, who have been fantastic over the past couple of years.
"We will be holding some charity nights in February to raise more money and we also hope to hold some raffles."
The traditional event was revived in 2009 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Hessle Road.
It was first organised by Peter Nicholson in 1985.
The race continued for 17 years and Mr Nicholson helped form a new committee from community groups, so the race could return.
But due to rising costs and other setbacks, the trust has decided to call it a day last month.
Last year's event raised about £1,000 from the bucket collections and donations.