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Thetford gets an unusual visitor

PUBLISHED: 13:37 30 September 2011

Ridgeons celebrate their 100th Birthday. The centenary celebration dray in Thetford Town Centre.
Head horseman and driving the Dray is Chris Pratt, the horses and dray are from Bunting and Son. 
Rick Brothwell(dark jacket), ridgeons, Susan Glossop, town manager and Simon Boulby, Ridgeons.

Ridgeons celebrate their 100th Birthday. The centenary celebration dray in Thetford Town Centre. Head horseman and driving the Dray is Chris Pratt, the horses and dray are from Bunting and Son. Rick Brothwell(dark jacket), ridgeons, Susan Glossop, town manager and Simon Boulby, Ridgeons.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

Visitors to Thetford were in for a surprise when they came across a specially-commissioned liveried dray, complete with two Suffolk Punch horses.

The visit commemorated 100 years of trading by timber and building merchants Ridgeons, which organised a day of celebratory activities to raise money for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.

The dray, pulled by horses William and Bruce, visited Kings Square to show passers-by first-hand how the group’s founder, Cyril Ridgeon, would have delivered materials to his customers when the company started trading in 1911.

Thetford branch manager Rick Brothwell said: “There has certainly been a real feeling of celebration around the horse and dray visits and everybody entered into the spirit of the occasion.

“I would like to thank all of our customers who came along to support the event, and of course, our staff for their involvement and help.”


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