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1968 Charity Pram Race in Dersingham

Mike Strange
Dersingham residents have kindly shared these photographs and a video of parts of the Charity Pram Race that took place through the village in 1968.  

We have information and photographs of the house on the right but knew nothing about the ownership of the garages on the left; that is until Dick Melton took a look. He soon told us that they belonged to the Coach and Horses and at this time they let them out to Bill Barrett who lived in Post Office Road and Maurice Doy who lived in Ingoldsby Avenue in Ingoldisthorpe. They worked for the Marley Tile company and these two men stored their tiles in the garages.
From Chris Watson - "A charity pram race when prams were prams approaches the Coach and  Horses. Anyone for a pint of Bullards?"  Below is cine film from Chris Marsh with the pram race approaching St Nicholas Church before arriving at the Manor House garden in Church Lane.
Malcolm and Avis nurse
Avis nurse and Gill Eglen née Nurse.
Malcolm and Avis nurse.
A big surprise for our resident Dersingham history researcher, Elizabeth Fiddick was seeing this photograph for the first time and spotted her parents, Thelma and John Fiddick, in the background!  They came to live in Dersingham in 1967 and Elizabeth arrived here a year later, but after this event. She has also noticed her father in the video at about 56 seconds wandering about in the background.
Gill Eglen née Nurse (who we have to thank for this group of five photographs), Avis nurse and Dennis Wright.
As part of the event a football match took place between ladies and men who were were handicapped by having to play tied three-legged to each other.
Here are three members of the ladies football team. They are, left to right, Dot Goff, Angie Bates and Avis Nurse.