Truck­fest:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­david­sey­mour

PETER­BOR­OUGH’S an­nual haulage and truck­ing bo­nanza Truck­fest cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary in record­break­ing style.

Amid muddy con­di­tions which led to at least one Twit­ter-savvy vis­i­tor re-dub it “muck­fest”, the an­nual two-day ex­trav­a­ganza at Peter­bor­ough’s East of Eng­land Show­ground con­cluded yes­ter­day.

Or­gan­is­ers Live Pro­mo­tions Events ex­pected in the re­gion of 100,000 peo­ple to at­tend the event, with a record num­ber of trucks – some 1,500 – on show.

Rain yes­ter­day forced some changes to the pro­gramme in the main arena, but failed to dampen the spir­its.

Robert Lim­ming, di­rec­tor of Live Pro­mo­tions Events and co-founder, spoke of the event’s his­tory.

He said: “The orig­i­nal one was at Ne­wark, but we out­grew the fa­cil­ity in the first year and moved it to the East of Eng­land Show­ground where it has re­mained ever since.”

He added: “I can’t be­lieve the time has gone by so quickly.”

As well as Peter­bor­ough and its orig­i­nal home of Ne­wark, Truck­fest now holds events in Som­er­set, Scot- land and as of this year North­ern Ire­land.

Mr Lim­ming spoke of the fran­chise’s ap­peal.

He said: “It’s a meet­ing place. It’s a sound­ing board and it’s an op­por­tu­nity for the in­dus­try to launch and dis­play their lat­est in­no­va­tions.”

The event is also a sig­nif­i­cant draw for fam­i­lies, with mon­ster trucks, bike stunt shows and celebri­ties such as Ice Road Truck­ers’ Lisa Kelly among the at­trac­tions.

Trav­el­ling from Martham, in Nor­folk, for their first Truck­fest were Sharon and Paul Rush­den and their chil­dren Shan­nah (10) and Mitchell (8).

Of what drew them to the event, Mrs Rush­den said: “My hus­band works for a haulage com­pany and the lit­tle boy is Eddie Sto­bart mad.”

She added: “It has been very good.”

over it goes: A mon­ster truck en­ter­tains the crowd.

ironic mes­sage: The Anglian Water crew and their truck.

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