Lorry pulls in 
£2,200 for charity

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EARLSTON villagers raised more than £2,200 for Children in Need on Saturday.

Residents and visitors donated as eight local men pulled a nine-tonne truck from the village’s primary school to the Square to raise the cash.

Organiser Neil Walker said: “Saturday was a great success. The weather was superb and we had a great turnout from the local community.

“The truck was heavy, but we prevailed, with great support from the crowds. The men participating should have a great sense of achievement and pride – and the sore muscles to match.

“It took us approximately 17 minutes to complete the half-mile.”

The team pulling the truck were Mr Walker, Andrew Reid, Robert Beattie, Keith Veitch, Steven Cockburn, Chris White, Richard Allan and Nick Thorn.

The fundraising day included a coffee morning in Hanover House, with face painting, cake and candy stalls, as well as ‘find Pudsey’ and ‘guess the birthday’ competitions, a raffle, a bouncy castle and a food vendor in the adjoining car park.

Mr Walker continued: “The coffee morning and stalls were enjoyed by all, and the kids especially loved the face painting, bouncy castle and getting their pictures taken with Pudsey.

“I want to thank Glendinning Groundworks, the helpers and the shops for their generous donations for our raffle, and all the people behind the scenes without whom the event wouldn’t have been possible. “