Hundreds watch the annual Hessle Road pram race (video)
Hundreds turned out to see big babies, superman, an array of furry creatures and even Usain Bolt take part in Hessle Road's annual pram race today.
The hard-fought races included many spills and thrills, with a number of racers taking a tumble, and included teams from local groups, including Hull's Boys Club, Hull Darts School of Excellence and the Ryder Social Club.
The race was eventually won by Asda Supersonics, one of many teams from the shops along Hessle Road.
The traditional race, which runs from Boulevard to Rayner's pub, was reintroduced in 2009 after a 17-year absence. Originally called the Fish Dock Pram Race in the 1920s and 1930s, it was based on the wives of the Hull trawlermen at sea rushing down West Dock Avenue to the trawler owner's offices to draw their husband's wages.
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Pram race organiser Tracey Henry, of the Hessle Road Pram Race Trust, said: "It is the history of Hessle Road. It brings the community together for the day. Everybody works together on Hessle Road all year and this brings the community together. It shows what Hessle Road is all about and raises a bit of money for charity."
Spectators lined the much needed crash barriers along the route to cheer the teams on.
Peggy Borthwick, 85, was born in the area but now lives at Bilton Grange. She comes back to see the race every year.
Peggy said: "I always like to come and I come when the fishermens' events are on too. I think it is great."
Hull FC legend Johnny Whitely started the event. He said: "I was born and bred down Scarborough Street, my father was a fisherman and I have been proud of Hessle Road all my life.
"The work the race entails is unbelievable and it is a real credit to everyone concerned. I would like to thank everyone for turning out today to make it all worthwhile."
The race had been rescheduled from its orignal date in July, when bad weather meant it could not go ahead.
A carnival, with a fairground, music, food stalls and entertainment will be held at Massey Street playing fields until 4pm.