A RECORD-BREAKING Pagham Pram Race is set bring Boxing Day alive once more.
Organisers hope the annual tradition will attract a bigger than ever number of spectators and enable a best ever sum to be donated to good causes in the area in the new year.
Andrew Goodwill, the race committee’s treasurer, said: “The appeal of the race is getting bigger and bigger every year.
“The crowds are bigger – we estimate there were 4,500 people around the course last year – and we are getting a lot of local companies sponsoring us.
“All our running costs for this year are being covered by the sponsorship, which means every penny we get will go to the small groups upon which so many people depend.”
Last year saw £15,000 handed out as a result of the colourful fun and frolics.
The race will follow the routine set at its first staging in 1946. The start will be at 11am in Pagham Road, opposite Nyetimber Mill, and the three-route will take the contestants along Pagham Road
and into Sea Lane, The Parade and Harbour View Road back to Pagham Road and the finish at The Lamb.
Along the way, the entrants drink a pint at The Bear, The Lamb and The Pagham Cafe. Some 45-50 sets of competitors are likely to start in keeping with recent year