Hunstanton welcomes promenaders to have a peer round

James Johnson with George Meakin, in leather, Simon, Ruth  and Alex Chadwick and supporting drivers. MLNF16EB08451 Photo: ELAINE BIRD www.townandaround.net ANL-160816-165644001
James Johnson with George Meakin, in leather, Simon, Ruth and Alex Chadwick and supporting drivers. MLNF16EB08451 Photo: ELAINE BIRD www.townandaround.net ANL-160816-165644001
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A family which is visiting 57 seaside resorts to sample their Victorian promenades and piers paid a visit to Hunstanton on Tuesday morning.

Cruising in a hand-built beach buggy, the Chadwick family of Simon, wife Ruth and son Alex are also raising money for cancer charities.

George Meakin is also completing the challenge too and on each day’s stage an enthusiastic band of beach buggy drivers join them for part or all of the day.

The Pier Pressure 2016 venture is taking 10 days and Hunstanton’s mayor James Johnson welcomed the group, explaining that despite being pier-less, the town has a rich Victorian heritage.

Travelling from Skegness to Ipswich via Hunstanton the group had an early start to complete the 223 miles via Hunstanton.

Mr Chadwick said: “This all started as a spark of an idea late in 2015 following my wife Ruth’s fight with Breast Cancer and we wanted to conceive a unique challenge to raise money for some great causes that had helped save both her life and her sanity.

“Beach buggy designing and building is a passion of mine, and as a qualified civil engineer, the link between beaches and Victorian ingenuity and construction seemedobvious.

“Ruth, myself and Alex are using our own turquoise Doon beach buggy and our truly amazing friend George is in his yellow FF buggy.

“This is one great ‘Cruise against Cancer’ and hopefully it will promote the cause ofcancer charities.”

Mr Johnson said: “It’s been a real pleasure meeting these guys today, they are doing a tremendous job raising money for cancer charities.”