Despite a cloudburst just after noon on Bed Race day the Parade of Decorated Beds through Knaresborough was again a joyous occasion. Marching bands, dancing groups, the teams and their helpers entertained the crowds regally.
The Parade was led by the winner of the 2019 Best Decorated Bed, Richard Taylor Runners, who represented the primary school in Bilton Lane. Their design was a collage of most things Yorkshire produced by pupils, topped by some Henry Moore-style sculptured figures.
Teams interpreted the 2019 theme 'Yorkshire' in different ways. Second placed decorated bed team, Scrambled Legs, gave us a dales farming landscape with a viaduct, and the team coming third, First Scriven Scouts, based their display on a farmer's land rover.
The overall standard was again very high. For many, the competition for the top awards of decorated beds and cross-dressing runners is the highlight of Bed Race day. Though a few designs, based as they were on papier mache, suffered from the rain, all the judging was done in the morning before the heavens opened.
Some said the Knaresborough Lions tempted fate with their theme of Yorkshire. "Wha's a typical day round 'ere without a bit of mizzle lad!" Quite right, and it didn't deter the crowds; Yorkshire folk are tough. The teams weren't bothered either - they were going to get a soaking in the river crossing anyway!
Teams who received special commendations for their fancy dress and decorations were Mowbray Magic, the Juggernauts, King James's School, Signa Technologies, and Forest School. Thanks to all teams for taking part and upholding the spirit of Bed Race.
And a reminder - the Lions will be casting around for a theme for 2020 and would love to hear suggestions. Use the Contact page on this website if you have ideas you would like to share.