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Gallery: Today's Landrover rally around Downham Market

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 October 2015

Landrover rally raising funds for Ryston Church. Pictured are (L) Philip Ship and Steve Gutteridge. Picture: Ian Burt

Landrover rally raising funds for Ryston Church. Pictured are (L) Philip Ship and Steve Gutteridge. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant

Forty Landrovers took part in a rally around west Norfolk to raise funds for Ryston Parish Church.

They set off from Ryston Hall, in Ryston, near Downham Market and stopped at various locations on their route collecting funds.

Philip Shipp, who works on the Ryston Estate, organised the event with fellow Landrover enthusiast Steve Gutteridge - and everyone taking part was encouraged to wear a wig for fun.

He said: “When you become the owner of a Landrover, you’re part of a big friendly family. We all even raise our hands to each other while out on the road.

“We wanted to get a few enthusiasts together and thought it’d be an opportunity to raise funds for the church on the edge of the estate.”

While all the vehicles had the same manufacturer in common, each one had been customised to meet each owner’s needs.

Daniel Kelly, who took part in the rally said: “The Landrover is such an iconic British vehicle.

“It has been going since 1948, shortly after World War II ended. They were made for the farmer, but are such versatile vehicles that they’re even used in the armed forces - the army uses them a lot.”

Among the Landrovers lined up before the group set off were demobbed ex-army vehicles. A couple had been used in Afghanistan, one known as the ‘Pink Panther’ as its colour matches the desert’s sand.

There was also another light-weight Landrover used in the Falklands War and various classic models.

Landrover enthusiast Jamie Tuckwell added: “There’s no other vehicle on the market that has the off-road capabilities of a Landrover - that’s what makes them so special.”

- Are you organising a unique fundraiser? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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