Memories of pushing a pram for Honiton Hospital

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 21 November 2017

Honiton Town Crier Dave Retter. Ref mhh 5412-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Honiton Town Crier Dave Retter. Ref mhh 5412-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton


Honiton Town Crier Dave Retter tells a tale of pushing a pram around East Devon to raise money for Honiton Hospital.

Over the years, I have had a lot of fun raising money for good causes. This is one of many stories.

Back in the days when the Fenny Bridges Inn was open, quite a few of us locals would get together, come up with an idea of how to raise money and then put it into action.

One year, we decided to push a Silver Cross pram with a big teddy bear in it around East Devon to help raise money for a defibrillator for Honiton Hospital.

This lasted all weekend. We started on a Saturday morning at 9am, from Dowell Street car park, then progressed over the hills to Colyton.

First stop, the Bear Inn, liquid refreshment and collecting from the locals.

Next stop, the Colcombe Inn, liquid refreshment and collecting in and around the town.

Then on to Colyford, then Axmouth, Seaton and Beer. I remember entering the Anchor Inn at Beer just before last orders at 2.29pm.

It was perfect timing for more liquid refreshment and collecting!

On leaving, we set off for Branscombe and then Sidmouth. On leaving Sidmouth, we then arrived at the Bowd Inn at 7pm.

We were picked up, taken home, had a quick wash and change and back to the Fenny Bridges in for a barbecue and I think, more liquid refreshment.

On Sunday morning, we all met at the Bowd Inn and set off again to Newton Poppleford, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton and then finished at Exmouth, having raised a lot of money for Honiton Hospital.

Those taking part in the pram push were Robert Rowland, Roy Capper, Kevin Chown, Tony Braddick (Brad), Steven Davey, Roger and Margaret Pinnuck, Ted the Bear and myself.

Later that year, we also pushed Ted in the Honiton carnival procession, collecting more money.

With Honiton Carnival coming up shortly, I ask you all to come along and enjoy yourself.

Honiton has a very small carnival committee, which works tirelessly to put this wonderful show on.

This year, my wife Kassa and myself had the honour of crowning the carnival royalty, which was a wonderful experience.

With good causes in mind, and the financial future of Honiton Carnival, I appeal to you all: Please give generously in the collecting tins and buckets (I will be carrying one of these on the night).

A pound is very little these days to most of us and you do really get to see some spectacular entries.

See you all on carnival night!

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