Wheels set in motion for village’s annual barrow race

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People in Braughing are getting set to race through the village’s ford at its annual wheelbarrow race, which will take place on Saturday 8th July.

The traditional race, which starts and ends at the ford, is held as part of the village fair which helps to raise money for local charities.

As well as the wheelbarrow races, attractions will include a beach at the ford, and a host of stalls selling crafts, jewellery and food.  There will be aqua donuts for children, as well as a climbing wall and a waterslide.

This year’s event is being sponsored by Fairview New Homes, and the housebuilder’s donation has enabled organisers to secure the services of St. John’s Ambulance for the event.

Abigail Keane, one of the organisers of the Braughing Wheelbarrow Race, said: “We are looking forward to the race – which will be the 53rd of its kind – and we’d urge everyone to come along and take part in the festivities.

“The event is a great day out for all the family and there will be plenty going on – our traditional dog show will take place first, before the barrow races get underway from 3.45pm.

“The kind donation from Fairview has helped us to secure our equipment hire and some of our favourite attractions, for which we are very grateful.

“With these costs covered, we are now able to give even more money to deserving local causes.  This year we are raising money to repair St Mary’s Church Hall, which is a focal point for the community.

“We’re really looking forward to the big day, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Fairview is building new homes in nearby Buntingford at The Village, on the former Sainsbury’s depot site off London Road.

Jeremy Gee, Main Board Director for Fairview, said: “The Braughing wheelbarrow race draws in big crowds for a day of entertainment, and we are pleased to be supporting the event for the second year running.

“The organisers have put together a fun programme for the day, and we wish all of the participants the best of luck for the races.”

Events will run from midday to 6pm on Saturday 8th July. For more information, visit www.braughingwheelbarrowrace.com

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