Title ID 3651Collection ID47
TitlePagham Pram Race
CollectionRay Smith
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
KeywordsFancy dress Games Roads Local History Seaside Resorts Sport
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRay Smith
CameraRay Smith
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration6 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes filmed at the 1966 Pagham Pram Race, an annual fancy dress event, filmed by Ray Smith.


A young man sits in a pram dressed as a prisoner. A sign reading "Maximum Security Wing outing prison to pubs why use a pony?" is attached to the side. A man dressed as a baby sits in a pram, pushed along by another man dressed as a woman who runs along the road. Scenes of a crowd of spectators follows. An event organiser speaks with a megaphone to the crowd of race participants. All launch forward and begin to run as the race starts. Participants rush past the camera down the road flanked by spectators. All wear fancy dress. Some of the prams have been made to mimic houses, a prison cell, broadcast antenna and a batmobile. Further along the race course, participants wave to the camera or tip their hat as they pass. A crowd of spectators gather around the finish. A man dressed as an undertaker pulls another sitting inside a coffin. The three mile Pagham Pram Race has taken place on every boxing day since 1946.


A colour still image taken from TID 3651, showing the starting line up of competitors in an adult charity pram race. Adults wearing fancy dress costumes are sat in decorated baby prams, ready for a long distance race; aided by other adults pushing the prams along the route.