It wasn’t only the torrential rain that put a damper on the arrival in Lingfield of BBC TV’s The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge.
A local woman had her blue Biba purse stolen from her back pack – it contained £40 cash, driving licence, NHS prepaid card and store points card.
She was among the hundreds of people waiting outside the Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre for One Show presenter Matt Baker and the youngsters taking part in the BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge to arrive.
She told the Gazette: ” I had a backpack hand bag on with a thick coat and my hood was up. I was holding my little one’s hands – so don’t think I would have felt someone open it. Plus it was so busy – once the Rickshaw Challenge arrived we went near the front and I remember being pushed.”
Before Baker and the Rickshaw Challenge participants and fleet of BBC vehicles and motorcycle outriders arrived in Lingfield in lashing rain, the large crowd had been entertained by BBC Radio Surrey’s Neil Munday from Bletchingley and Lesley McCabe.
After meeting assembled local dignitaries Matt and his team of cyclists stayed overnight at the Lingfield Marriott Hotel before setting off early next morning on the next leg of the challenge.
Photos by kevin black show Matt Baker and one of the Rickshaw Challengers arriving at Lingfield and Neil Munday chatting to some of the crowd outside the community centre.