Remembering the annual Heswall bed race that ran for a decade

A bizarre annual tradition that combined bed races and beer drinking once conquered a town in Wirral.

The Heswall Bed Race began in 1982 and turned the city streets into a racetrack for a day.

In the epic annual race, a person was sent steeply downhill and through tight turns in a wheeled bed, hopefully in the safe hands of their teammates.

As if this wasn’t dangerous enough on the route that started and ended in a pub, the rules required all participants to drink half a bitter or a soft drink in each of the bars along the way.

On the way the participants were pelted with eggs, water and flour, costumes were compulsory.


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