University of East Anglia students get creative for annual Pimp My Barrow event

Pimp my Barrow at the UEA as part of the end of the Summer term to raise money for the Big C. Baywat

Pimp my Barrow at the UEA as part of the end of the Summer term to raise money for the Big C. Baywatch fans from left Abbie Gallagher, Sam Wood, Clare Hannah, Rachel Pearse, Jack Turner and Kirsty Dewhursty.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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.

Pimp my Barrow at the UEA as part of the end of the Summer term to raise money for the Big C. Studen

Pimp my Barrow at the UEA as part of the end of the Summer term to raise money for the Big C. Students as Marvel characters in the Age of Ultron film which was filmed at the UEA.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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.'

Pimp my Barrow at the UEA as part of the end of the Summer term to raise money for the Big C.Picture

Pimp my Barrow at the UEA as part of the end of the Summer term to raise money for the Big C.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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.'