Truck-pull challenge hopes to haul in crowds

The truck-pull takes place this Monday
The truck-pull takes place this Monday

There’s a lorry-load of fun and entertainment being wheeled into the district for the Bank Holiday Monday, with the second annual Welland Valley Charity Truck Pull event.

The day out combines team truck-pulling, big-stage entertainment, food and drink, and stalls.

Organiser Gary Gardner has promised: “It’s a great, fun day for all the family, with a lovely rural backdrop.

“It’s a cheap day out, and the big bonus is that all the profits will go to charity.”

The Welland Valley Charity Truck Pull takes place from 10am to 7pm on Monday, August 25, in the pretty, unlikely setting of Medbourne.

Teams so far confirmed for the truck-pull come from all over Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, including the Hallaton Hammers, Bruno’s Gym in Market Harborough and Corby Leisure Centre.

Teams of 15 people have to pull an eight-ton truck along a one-mile course, against the clock.

But Mr Gardner said there was still time for more teams to sign-up.

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And even if you want to form a team on the day, that might still be possible – just see the organisers.

On the big stage, the musical entertainment starts at midday, introduced by BBC, QVC and Teen Star presenter Laura Alexander.

A dozen artists and bands will take to the stage during the day.

Artists range from UK country music singer Lucy May and Lincolnshire pop trio RawKadence to 11-year-old YouTube singing sensation Sapphire and four-piece, Essex-based rock band Dead Baby Birds.

There will be a pavilion for lunches, teas and coffees, a hog roast and a beer tent.

And a variety of children’s rides will be available all day.

Mr Gardner said: “Last year there were about 3,000 people at this event.

“I’m hoping that this year the sun will shine again and people will come from all over Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and beyond, and we can better last year’s total.”

Last year’s charity truck pull raised £8,000 for deserving causes, including murdered soldier Lee Rigby’s son Jack and charities in the Medbourne area.

The money was handed out in a presentation ceremony in The Square, Market Harborough, in November.

The fun day out costs £2 for adults, with those aged under 14 getting in for free.

Car parking at the event will cost £1.50.

Mr Gardner, the man behind the ambitious charity event, is a Medbourne resident whose day job involves transporting cars all over the UK.

He said he set up the Welland Valley Truck Pull in Medbourne last year after he heard that the village’s fete had been cancelled.

“People say they’re surprised to see such a big charity event in such a small village,” he said.

“But I think the pretty village setting really adds to the day out.”