The 14th Pink Ladies Tractor Run will turn the roads around Diss and Harleston pink this weekend
PUBLISHED: 13:43 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:03 28 June 2017
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More than 120 tractors will turn the roads of South Norfolk pink this weekend for the 14th Annual Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run.
On Sunday, July 2, a convey of brightly coloured tractors will weave their way from Thorpe Abbotts airfield through the Norfolk countryside in aid of Cancer Research UK’s Breast Cancer Appeal.
Event organiser Annie Chapman - who received an British Empire Medal for her services to charity in 2014 - said the event attracts ladies from all walks of life and from across the country, including as far away as Scotland and Dorset.
Every year about a quarter or a third of the ladies who take part are new to the event.
“We have made some wonderful friends over the years,” said Mrs Chapman.
“I’ve got dozens of letters; thank-you letters, letters from people who have lost family members, everyone is running with people in mind.”
Travelling at about 8mph the decorated tractors will set off from Thorpe Abbotts Airfield at 11.30am, arriving in Harleston at around 12.30pm, where they will be greeted by hundreds of supporters.
“There’s real sense of anticipation going through Harleston, there’s lots of cheering and clapping and I don’t think many get through the town with dry eyes.”
The convoy will then travel onto Gawdy Hall where a picnic lunch with friends and families will be held at 1pm.
Departing Gawdy Hall at 3pm the convoy will pass through Pulham and Rushall before returning to Thorpe Abbots late afternoon for the traditional group photo.
Requiring a lot of organisation Mrs Chapman said the event couldn’t take place without the support from the community and local back-up teams who follow the convoy on its 20-mile round trip.
Since 2004, the tractor run has raised £527,000 for Cancer Research UK, last year breaking the £500,000 mark by raising over £64,000. The entry deadline for this year’s run has passed but those wishing to make a donations can do so by sending a cheque to Annie Chapman, Boundary Farm, Garlic Street, Pulham St Mary, Diss IP21 4RL.
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