We’ve all heard of a bicycle made for two, but how about a bicycle made for 22? This strange contraption made an appearance at the Horsham Lions’ gala in 1972, much to the delight of the children who got to sit on it.
These picture were all published in the County Times on Friday September 1 of that year the UK’s last trolleybus system, in Bradford, closed, the first official gay pride march was held in London, and the musical Jesus Christ Superstar made its West End debut.
The final weekend of the summer holiday saw hundreds of people flock to Horsham Park for the gala, the highlight of which was the Top Team contest, which was a bit like It’s A Knockout but without the silly costumes.
The competitors took part in contests such as the sedan chair balancing race, which involved four men carrying one woman who had to balance more and more parcels in her lap as they ran.
The winners were a team called CIBA – who spectators guessed had plenty of packing department experience – closely followed by Longleys, with the Mid Sussex Squash Rackets Club coming in third.
The real heroes of the day were the men and women of Horsham Blue Star Harriers, who stepped in with two teams when Horsham Rugby Football Club had to withdraw from the contest.
The valiant Harriers were the first to play their joker which, as all It’s A Knockout fans will know, gave them double points and, after two events, were in the lead. But that’s as good as it got and the cheery bunch – who apparently didn’t stop smiling all day – finished the contest last and second from last.
Well, it’s not the winning that counts.
While the adults delighted in making themselves look a little silly, some of the more creative youngsters had entered their work in a model making contest.
Their efforts were judged by Horsham MP Peter Hordern and Horsham Lions’ president Garry Aird.
The winner of the under 13 contest was Robert Plasczymaka, 12, who had put together a soldier of the 15th Huzzar riding a horse. Second place went to Stephen Neale, who had built a buffalo.
In the over 13 category, Peter Joy, 15, came first with a model called Queen’s Bay, while Simon Griggs was second with his Messerschmidt 109E.
Does anyone recognise any of the people in these pictures?
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