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.