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Thousands of people turn out to support the ever-popular East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy

PUBLISHED: 13:45 27 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:45 27 August 2017

The East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Scores of shiny trucks lined up at the theme park. Pictures: Mick Howes

The East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Scores of shiny trucks lined up at the theme park. Pictures: Mick Howes

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The smiles on the faces of almost 100 children said it all.

The East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

A total of 90 youngsters with a disability or from an under-privileged background have been given a memorable day out as the East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy attracted a fantastic turnout once more.

With today’s (Sunday) convoy “delivering loads of fun for special children,” 83 trucks took them on a trip from Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft and then later onto Great Yarmouth.

With the convoy of trucks and a fire engine escorted by police motorcycles for the journey from County Hall, in Norwich, to Lowestoft, via the Acle Straight, the children – including some from Lowestoft – arrived at the theme park around noon for an afternoon packed full of fun.

Thousands of people lined the routes this morning, as large crowds waved and the truckers responded as horns were sounded.

The East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Truck driver Andy Warman with Graham and his son Rhys. Pictures: Mick HowesThe East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Truck driver Andy Warman with Graham and his son Rhys. Pictures: Mick Howes

The truckers will then leave Pleasurewood Hills about 5pm. They are due to be greeted by hundreds of people at Great Yarmouth seafront at 6pm, before arriving at County Hall in Norwich around 7.30pm.

With the East Coast Truckers charity raising monies for disadvantaged children in East Anglia, the group’s child liaison officer, Gemma Johnson, said: “I have been involved with the charity for five years and have run the last two conveys as child liaison officer. It gets bigger and better every year and it is lovely to see the smiles on the children’s faces.

“The turnout along the route was fantastic, as always, and the support we have had from the general public has been amazing.”

There is still a chance to see the convoy this evening with the following recommended viewing places on the A47 and A12:

The East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Scores of shiny trucks lined up at the theme park. Pictures: Mick HowesThe East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy arrives at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Scores of shiny trucks lined up at the theme park. Pictures: Mick Howes

A12 Corton Roundabout. North-bound side, there is a large grass area.

Acle roundabout and garage. There is a wide grass verge with roadside barriers.

A47 Bridge over at Blofield and Acle - spectators with cars are asked not to impede passing traffic.

Bridge over A12 near Hayfreys roundabout.

East Coast Truckers Convoy 2017: Great support on the A47 Acle Straight towards Great Yarmouth. Photo: N&S Roads PolicingEast Coast Truckers Convoy 2017: Great support on the A47 Acle Straight towards Great Yarmouth. Photo: N&S Roads Policing

A12 Gapton and Harfreys roundabouts. There are footpaths and barriers for protection.

Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth. There is a large grass area well back from the road.

A47, Layby opposite the White Horse PH.

The bridge over the A47 at Postwick.

This list has been compiled by Ian Mackie, ECTC Health and Safety Officer, in conjunction with Highways Agency.


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