Shortage of beds puts race back to 2007

PUBLISHED: 07:15 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:11 24 May 2010

HOPES for the return of the Cheddar Bed Race next month have been dashed because entrants have not been able to find enough beds. The race was set to return to the village after a break of more than 20 years this Spring but the local action team, which wa

HOPES for the return of the Cheddar Bed Race next month have been dashed because entrants have not been able to find enough beds.The race was set to return to the village after a break of more than 20 years this Spring but the local action team, which was organising the event, has decided to delay the event for a year.The group has been trying to find beds for racers to convert but has not been able to find enough in time for the race which was due to take place on May 27.Hundreds of villagers used to watch and take part in the event, which last took place in 1981. Teams would have to push their bed around the village stopping off at its seven pubs.Local action team member Mary Buxton said: "The committee decided that, after making enquiries about available beds, there would not be enough time for entrants to acquire and convert or make beds for this year."As we want this to be a race full of fun and a great day for all we have decided to make this a star attraction for next year. "Let's get the nails and wheels and start building and see how streamlined beds can be."Members of the action team are now focussing their attention on organising this year's Cheddar Big Event.The organising committee is looking for a venue to hold the event on June 24.Last year hundreds of people flocked to the day of music, games and comedy and this year the action team hopes it will draw even bigger crowds because there will not be a Glastonbury Festival.Anyone who wants to help organise the event or get involved on the day should email co-ordinator Robin at Robinrycroft@yahoo.co.uk

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