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Pink ladies on the road again

PUBLISHED: 19:43 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 July 2010

Tractors adorned with pink balloons, ribbons and flowers travelled south Norfolk's roads on Sunday to raise cash for breast cancer research.

About 90 women from across East Anglia and beyond climbed behind the wheel for the 2008 ladies tractor road run in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Tractors adorned with pink balloons, ribbons and flowers travelled south Norfolk's roads on Sunday to raise cash for breast cancer research.

About 90 women from across East Anglia and beyond climbed behind the wheel for the 2008 ladies tractor road run in aid of Cancer Research UK.

They lined up at Thorpe Abbotts Airfield, before heading off on a 20-mile route which included a stop for lunch at Gawdy Hall Meadow at Redenhall.

Annie Chapman of the Suffolk and Norfolk branch of the David Brown Tractor Club said she was thrilled with the turn out for the event's fifth year.

She added: “I am always amazed by the amount of effort people put in. It is simply stunning. It really is a day for families and it is lovely to see different generations together.”

Mrs Chapman said she hoped this year's event would bring the overall total of money raised to £100,000.

“Last year it was up to £89,000 so we need to raise £11,000 which I am sure we will do,” she said.

The idea for the tractor road run was first conceived by Mrs Chapman and her partner John who raised around £16,000 in the event's first year.

Last month Mrs Chapman received the Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope award for volunteer of the year 2008.

In a message to this year's participants she said: “This award was presented to me by the chairman, Mr David Newbigging and I received it as a great honour on behalf of all the people who have made this unique event possible.

“This ladies tractor road run has been a very humbling experience and both John and I feel very privileged to have met so many warm and selfless people. It really has been a great honour and I am proud to share this award with you.”


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