University of East Anglia students get creative for annual Pimp My Barrow event
Hundreds of ingeniously decorated wheelbarrows descended on the streets of Norwich at the weekend as students took part in this year's Pimp My Barrow.
The charity event, hosted every year by the University of East Anglia (UEA), involves thousands of students dressing up and walking with their themed wheelbarrows through the Golden Triangle, stopping at several local pubs along the way.
Now in its ninth year, Pimp My Barrow was started by two UEA students and aims to raise money for Norfolk cancer charity Big C.
Themes for barrows this year ranged from Jurassic Park to Spartan warriors, and from Power Rangers to the cast of TV prison drama Orange is the New Black.
Adam Curtis, who took part dressed in full farmer's gear, said: 'I love seeing people's hidden skills. You get people who are studying maths by day that turn into engineers by night, building their 'barrows.'
After the annual Pimp My Barrow wheelbarrow races in Eaton Park, students visit a series of pubs for drinks and barbecue food on their route through Norwich.
Besides being a great excuse to dress up in the sun, ticket sales for Pimp My Barrow raise valuable funds for Big C.
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This year more 1,800 tickets for the event were sold, and it is estimated that more than £9,000 has been raised.
Yinbo Yu, activities and opportunities officer at the Union of UEA Students, said: 'The festival atmosphere gets greater every
time and this year we had more local residents coming out to watch the parade than ever before.'
Yinbo added: 'Huge thanks to the UEA students who volunteer their time to make sure the event runs well, and to The Farmhouse, Garden House and Black Horse pubs who work with us.'