Chance to ‘pimp up’ your wheelchair for Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

A previous wheelchair run on the seafront
Picture: TMS Media

A previous wheelchair run on the seafront Picture: TMS Media - Credit: Archant

Wheelchair users have the chance to dress up and 'pimp their rides' in a fun festival parade on Great Yarmouth.

A previous wheelchair run on the seafront
Picture: TMS Media

A previous wheelchair run on the seafront Picture: TMS Media - Credit: Archant

Centre 81, which runs a skills and activities for disabled people, is holding its annual classic car and bike run during the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival in July.

Its members have donned fancy dress in the past for a special event of its own in 2012 to celebrate the centre's 30th anniversary.

Now the charity-run centre is throwing out an invitation to the wider public to join a parade held on Sunday, July 9 during the two-day Wheels Festival at the resort.

Skills and activities manager Julie Charles said: 'Last time people dressed as pirates, Elvis, Daleks and flower power girls – and decorated their wheelchairs too.


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'We would like others to come up with some fun costumes and creations and come and join us.

'The day is all about wheels – from cars and bikes to wheelchairs – and about ensuring people with disabilities can be part of the action too,' she added.

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Centre 81 has a skills and activities centre at Tar Works Road for adults with physical, sensory and other disabilities.

Centre 81's classic car and bike run and show will set off from Cromer and head to Great Yarmouth seafront.

The wheelchair parade forms up at the Joyland Diner at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

It will head to the Sealife Centre, where the vehicles from the car run will be on show throughout the afternoon.

Wheels Festival spokesman Michael Cole, who runs the Joyland fun park which sponsors the event, said: 'It is absolutely fantastic and a pleasure to have Centre 81 taking part in the festival, which we want to be inclusive and open to anyone who wants to get involved.'

The Wheels Festival on July 8 and 9 will feature other classic and American hot rod cars, a F1 driving simulator, wheel changing challenge, and rides in a 1959 coach.

It is staged by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area.

Anyone wanting to take part in the fancy dress wheelchair parade – or to enter their car or motorbike for the event - should call Jackie James at Centre 81 on 01493 852573, email jackie.james@centre81.co.uk or visit www.centre81.co.uk

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