VIDEO: Pink Ladies' Tractor Run to return on July 7
South Norfolk is set to turn pink again as a tractor run returns for its 16th year.
The Pink Ladies’ Tractor Run, organised by Annie Chapman, first took place in 2004 and has since raised more than £640,000 towards her target of £1 million for breast cancer research.
The annual run, which this year is on Sunday, July 7, sees more than 100 pink-decorated tractors winding their way through south Norfolk on a route which starts at Thorpe Abbotts airfield before heading through Thorpe Abbotts, Brockdish, Upper Weybread and Harleston.
Annie said: “Harleston is usually packed with supporting public and has a great atmosphere - with bunting, flags, many cheers and tears – it’s quite an emotional trip.”
Last year's tractor run
The tractors are expected to reach Harleston at 12.30pm before stopping at Gawdy Hall, north of the town, for a two-hour picnic lunch break, to which everyone is invited.
The route back to Thorpe Abbotts airfield heads along North Green Road at Pulham St. Mary, through Rushall, Langmere and back to the airfield for about 4.30pm for a group photograph.
Mrs Chapman said: “I'm just so grateful to all the hundreds of ladies who have taken part in this run over the years. Some of them have had breast cancer, some have lost someone close to them and everyone knows someone who has had it or is struggling with it.
“Some of these ladies have done all, or certainly, many of the runs. Sadly we have lost a few ladies over the years to breast cancer so each year we are pleased to welcome new ladies as the word gets around.
“As with any event of this size, usually well over a hundred tractors, it cannot be achieved without the support of many people. I would like to express my thanks to all tractor owners, land-owners, the many marshals, collecting ladies and anyone else who helps to make this event happen, safely and smoothly, (we hope)!”
To donate online, visit Pink Ladies Tractor Run