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Pimp my Barrow: More than 2,000 students dress up and decorate wheelbarrows for long-running UEA fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 15:27 04 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:22 04 June 2016

10th year of Pimp My Barrow,  UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams

10th year of Pimp My Barrow, UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams

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More than 2,000 students donned fancy dress to push decorated wheelbarrows around Norwich’s pubs this afternoon for a long-running fundraiser.

Now in its 10th year, the event has raised more than £50,000 for Norfolk-based cancer charity the Big C.

Liam McCafferty, postgraduate officer for the Union of UEA Students, said it was hoped this year’s spectacular would collect about £8,000.

10th year of Pimp My Barrow,  UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams
10th year of Pimp My Barrow, UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams

“This is the largest wheelbarrow race in the world, fundraising for local cancer charity Big C,” he added. “It included a wheelbarrow race in Eaton Park, three pubs providing food and drink along the way and gave the local community a chance to admire the costumes and contribute to the charity collections.”

Astronauts, scientists, fairies, food and film and book characters were among the inspiration for this year’s costumes - while a convincing Prime Minister David Cameron even made an appearance.

10th year of Pimp My Barrow,  UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams
10th year of Pimp My Barrow, UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams

The clouds parted to make way for the sun as students got into the party spirit in the university square.

From there, it was to Eaton Park, before a journey through the Golden Triangle via The Farmhouse on Colman Road, The Garden House on Pembroke Road and The Black Horse on Earlham Road.

10th year of Pimp My Barrow,  UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams
10th year of Pimp My Barrow, UEA students dressed up and with decorated wheelbarrows for a charity pub crawl.Photo : Steve Adams

With five to a team, about 400 wheelbarrows were pushed around the city.

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