Love Island stars attract crowds at popular Truckfest
PUBLISHED: 16:56 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:09 19 August 2017
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Monster trucks, television celebrities and a 100-year-old engine are just some of the top attractions at the two-day Truckfest East extravaganza.
About 30,000 people flocked to the Norfolk Showground on the edge of Norwich on Saturday, August 19, which continues on Sunday, August 20.
It was the second year the major attraction has come to the showground and featured live demonstrations from the popular Ice Road Truckers fleet as well as an appearance from Love Island stars Jess Shears and Dom Lever.
Just over 300 trucks from around the UK were on show and modern vehicles stood with a 100-year-old restored ploughing engine from Long Stratton and vintage American lorries.
Nichola Clarke, from Truckfest UK, said: “It has been really good. It is a family day out. Kids love trucks.”
She added although the event was predominantly a trade show, it was a chance for truck drivers to meet and socialise and have a rest from work.
Drivers at the show could also take part in competitions during the weekend.
Trucker Joe McGeoch, 34, from Burnley, said: “Truckfest is always good fun for the families. It is good because you meet with other drivers from up and down the country.”
Vanessa Flowerday, from Costessey, who was at the event with her two young sons and husband, said: “The boys are loving it. They are having a good day.”
Rod Timbers, from East Road Truckers, which has raised £10,000 each year since 2000 to help disabled and underprivileged children in East Anglia, was also at Truckfest promoting the charity.
He said: “People can get up, close and personal to trucks. They are quite interesting.”
One of the major attractions was the appearance of Lisa Kelly and Todd Dewey, popular stars of television show Ice Road Truckers.
Mr Dewey described Truckfest as a “unique event”.
He said: “This is something people have a passion about. Truckfest is definitely bigger this year compared to last year,”
People could meet the Ice Road Truckers presenters as well as the Love Island celebrities.
Michaela Rees, 40, from Salisbury, who travelled five hours from Salisbury to see the Love Island couple described the event as “the best day ever”.