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East Coast Truckers take youngsters on a special day out

PUBLISHED: 19:50 28 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:05 29 August 2016

The East Coast Truckers set off from County Hall on their charity convoy.
Oliver Walsh with his driver Arron Peters.

The East Coast Truckers set off from County Hall on their charity convoy. Oliver Walsh with his driver Arron Peters.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2016

With a chorus of honking horns and lots of smiling faces, a convoy of trucks set off from County Hall, in Norwich, for an extra special day out.

The East Coast Truckers children’s convoy took place today, and saw more than 60 trucks take scores of excited youngsters on a trip from Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills and Great Yarmouth.

They were also joined by members of the emergency services for the 70-vehicle procession which created a great spectacle on the county’s roads.

The East Coast Truckers have become famous for the annual event - now in its 31st year - which aims to give children with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds a day they will never forget.

“It’s all about giving the children a special day out. It’s their day,” said Trevor Howlett, from the East Coast Truckers, who said the convoy was unique to the county and that he considered it an honour to be a part of it.

Among the children taking part was eight-year-old Oliver Walsh, from Easton, who, along with his carer Michaela Maze, travelled in the truck of driver Arron Peters.

Oliver’s mum Lisa Walsh said: “The last three mornings he has woken up and said, ‘are we going on the truck today?’

“It was really exciting for him. He loves cars and trucks.”

Another young person who enjoyed the day was 13-year-old Max Pulford, from Hingham, who was travelling in the truck of driver Iain Easter. Max, who was joined by his carer Aidan Coulstock on the trip, said he was especially excited about going on a rollercoaster at Pleasurewood Hills.

Norwich’s Lord Mayor, Marion Maxwell, was among the many people who waved the procession off from Norwich.

She said it was an amazing event and it was wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces.

4 comments

  • This is a FANTASTIC tradition- Well Done all those involved! We are all proud of your hard work to make this happen every year! So nice to read a nice and positive story- Brilliant Stuff!

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    Colin01

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Well done east coast truckers and all there helpers .watched them on Yarmouth seafront in pouring rain and got soaked but it was well worth it to see their smiling faces and the trucks .! ! Keep up the good work you are what we are about well done

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    Muddy

    Monday, August 29, 2016

  • Well done to the truckers and organisers of this wonderful event .Hope the kids had a great time.Normal for Norfolk.

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    rikki nadir

    Monday, August 29, 2016

  • Just home from doing all the balloon modelling as seen in the picture. Today is the one day a year that I really enjoy. It's been such a pleasure to be linked with the east coast truckers convoy for the last 7 years and I look forward to many more. All the best Balloons by Danny Marino

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    magicman

    Sunday, August 28, 2016

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