Youngsters delighted as horses and Ridgeons’ dray visit Fenland primary school

CHILDREN at a Fenland primary school were left delighted when they were paid a special visit by two magnificent Suffolk Punch horses.

As celebrations for Ridgeons’ 100th birthday continued staff from its March branch visited the town’s Westwood Junior School.

And youngsters from Year 3 embraced their trip into past by donning flat caps and early 20th-century style clothing for the visit of the specially commissioned liveried Ridgeons’ dray.

Excited pupils were given the chance to jump aboard the historical mode of transport as they were pulled around the school’s playing field by horses’ William and Bruce.

March branch manager Dean Crawford was also on hand to present a bike to the winner of the company’s centenary children’s colouring competition, Year 3 pupil Ellie Mae Cunningham.


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Ridgeons was founded by Cyril Ridgeon on 1911 and has 22 branches throughout East Anglia.

The builders’ merchants began life in March in 1946 when the group bought the established hardware and ironmongery firm of Pilgrim & Son in Broad Street.

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Ridgeons opened it’s current Martin Avenue branch in the town’s trading park in January 1990, two years after buying the greenfield site.

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