There was room in this bed for one – the others would be pushing it.

The journey took young members of the Sinodun Players from their home base of Wallingford all the way to Stratford-upon-Avon.

They were given a civic send-off by the mayor of Wallingford, Maureen Page, and then took to the road.

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Stopping only to entertain and collect money in villages on the way, they were aiming to raise £250 for the Sinodun Players’ plan to turn Wallingford Corn Exchange into a theatre.

Taking part in the venture in 1976 were Simon Lock, Bob Burrell, Tim Lane, Anita and Teresa Jordan and Julie Kolacz.

For safety at night – and for an easy ride home – they were followed by a van with a flashing amber light.