Pram Race with Willie Rushton: 1978

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

As mentioned in a previous blog about rag events, here is one of only two surviving recordings of a Pram Race. This is from 1978 when comedian Willie Rushton (1937 – 1996) took part. It started at Southside in Princes Gardens and seemed to work its way down Exhibition Road to South Kensington. STOIC’s Lunch Break reporter Colin Palmer (a former Felix editor) followed along and interviewed as the procession progressed.

I have also discovered a video of a Raft Race taking part in Hyde Park. These also seemed to start from Princes Gardens, but more of that soon.

First though, here is that 1978 Pram Race, and did YOU take part?

Colin Grimshaw 1st January 2020

2 Responses to “Pram Race with Willie Rushton: 1978”

  1. Graham Brand says:

    January 30th, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I’m thoroughly enjoying these clips. Many thanks for getting them loaded.

    I was at the Pram Race (you can see me briefly at 3:47 following the pram round the corner as Annabel shouts “God, we’re on television…”). I’ve also got a photo taken at the end of the race of Colin interviewing Willie Rushton, which includes the camera, which may be of interest:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/16pgKL3xQNiLosvAr4BfwIbMsy2q-BVU1/view?usp=sharing

  2. Colin Grimshaw says:

    January 30th, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks Graham, it’s always nice to get feedback on my efforts for imperial!

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