VIDEO: Pram National race among thousands of archive clips released on YouTube

Braintree and Witham Times: Pram National race among thousands of archive videos released on YouTube Pram National race among thousands of archive videos released on YouTube

Film clips showing events and activities from our area during the last century have been made available to view online.

Newsreel archive British Pathe has made all 85,000 of its historic clips available on YouTube, featuring events from 1896 to 1976.

Highlights include footage from the ‘Pram National’, a nine-mile race featuring more than 100 competitors which took place in Hatfield Peverel in 1962.

Participants pushed their team-mate around sharp bends, slopes and even water hazards.

The race was won by a team of three, the Finchley Methodists, who completed the course in 50 minutes.

British Pathe general manager Alastair White said: “Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them.

“This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten.

“Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

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