A SEVEN-TONNE steam engine was hauled through the town centre this weekend – followed by dozens of supporters – in a bid to raise cash for a cancer charity.
Clive Smedley, organiser of Ilkeston’s first ever charity steam engine pull, said the support from the people of Ilkeston had been ‘superb’ on Saturday as the classic Tiger engine was dragged by 54 volunteers from Tesco in Rutland Street to the Festival Inn in Trowell.
Bucket collectors along the route, which took in Bath Street and Market Place, raised cash for prostate cancer research at Royal Derby Hospital, with much more to come from sponsorship.
Clive said: “People followed us all along the route, all the way to the finish line which was really nice.
“The support was superb – better than we anticipated.”
“We thought we’d struggle, especially up Bath Street,” said Clive. “But the adrenaline was flowing and nobody wanted to swap after we rested in the Market Place.”
Clive and friend Alan King, came up with the idea for the pull after learning that four men in their group, which organises the annual Coppice Steam Rally in Trowell, have been treated for prostate cancer in the past.
Clive added: “We’d like to thank all the people who either sponsored us or supported us on Saturday.
“We apologise for any inconvenience the event might have caused for local businesses.”