Saffron Walden Carnival 2011: Bed Race returns to the carnival (July 3)

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 July 2011

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A TRADITIONAL event is returning to the carnival after a 15 year absence.

The Bed Race was resigned to the bin due to health and safety concerns but organisers have worked hard to bring it back – and it is creating quite a buzz in the town.

Piers Richings believes he was the last winner. Now living in Norfolk, he, together with sister Hayley and friend Matthew Kemp, secured back-to-back victories in the competition.

“It was great fun and I am very pleased they are bringing it back,” he told the Reporter. “If I was more local I would certainly have considered entering again as a sense of duty to retain the trophy.”

The Bed Race is being held in the Market Square. The theme of the race, like the procession, is ‘Heroes’.

The event is part of Sunday Sports Day. The organisers have packed the common with activities and fun for all ages – and will even be showing the Wimbledon tennis final on the big screen.

The day will start with a car boot sale for the real early risers (from 7am).

Also on the common will be the opportunity to go on the bungee trampoline, giant slide or clmbing wall, while throughout the day there will be various sporting demonstrations including Taekwondo, Ninjitsu and fencing.

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