Hailsham fire engine pulled up High Street

HAILSHAM: firefighters & others pulling 13-tonne fire engine along Hailsham High St for Children in Need. 18-11-11''The Corn Exchange teams
HAILSHAM: firefighters & others pulling 13-tonne fire engine along Hailsham High St for Children in Need. 18-11-11''The Corn Exchange teams
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PAINFUL GRUNTS, PIERCING SHOUTS and rather a lot of sweat was experienced by bystanders witnessing a titanic battle between teams battling to get the best time for pulling a 13 tonne fire engine up Hailsham High Street.

Some £2,240 was raised for Children in Need from the event on Friday, November 18.

There were 20 teams taking part and each group was required to pull the vehicle more than 500 feet up the road.

Hailsham Young Farmers got the best time of the evening with a time of 45.85 seconds.

Other teams taking part included police, Hailsham Fire Station and employees of D&G Bakers, Tesco, Waitrose, Thomson Travel Agents and Wickes DIY.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor, praised everyone who took part for their hard working muscular efforts.

He said: “This is one of the best fundraising event I haveattended, not only in terms the amount of money raised, but also in the number of local people being involved with and supporting the event.”

He added: “I would like to thank Steve Lewis, Dave Hayes and Simon Peel for so ably organising this important and exciting fundraising event, and all the participants for making the event such a success.”

Simon Peel, manager of Hailsham Fire Station, said: “We had a really good time on Friday evening and to see so many people turn out to show their support for the friends and family who were taking part was fantastic.

“Everybody who participated seemed to enjoy themselves and have shown an interest for a rematch next year.

“We weren’t really sure how successful this type of event would be but the community spirit really seemed to kick in.

“We’d also like to give special thanks to Hailsham Top Club for raising a massive £666 and to Tesco, Wickes DIY, Look Designs and Marlow Ropes for supplying all that we needed to make it a successful and enjoyable evening.”