East Coast Truckers cancel convoy for second year in a row

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwi

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills during 2019's convoy. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

The East Coast Truckers have cancelled their annual children's convoy for the second year in a row due to concerns over coronavirus.

The event normally takes place in August and attracts thousands of people along its route from Norwich through Great Yarmouth to Pleasurewood Hills.

It would have been the charity's 35th year running the convoy.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwi

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills during 2019's convoy. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Trevor Howlett, vice-president and manager of the event, said: "We decided it would be too risky to do it as we don't know what the situation is going to be in August."

He also mentioned that Great Yarmouth Borough Council have cancelled both the Wheels and the Maritime festivals amid uncertainty over Covid restrictions.

"So if we were to run our convoy, that wouldn't look very good. If it was a sunny day, Marine Parade would be absolutely packed. We're thinking of the safety of everyone involved," he said.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwi

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Some trucks will be on show on July 17 at the Forum in Norwich.


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There will be music by Mitch C Scott and an exhibition of seven trucks that would normally take part in the convoy.

"We hope people will still be interested. You're hoping all the people will be back again next year," Mr Howlett said.


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