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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April, 2004, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Strongman on the pull for charity
A fitness trainer has pulled a fully-laden 10-ton fire truck across Birmingham's Centenary Square in the name of charity.

At just over 15 stones, Rob Blakeman is believed to be the lightest strongman ever to pull a fire engine in the UK.

Mr Blakeman, 37, who runs a chain of fitness centres in the city, is trying to raise 10,000 for children with special needs.

His test of strength began at 1100 BST on Thursday.

All the money raised will be used to convert a run-down garden in Walsall into a special outdoor play area with wheelchair access.

Mr Blakeman said: "Whilst I'm always in shape, I've never attempted anything like this before and I'm nowhere near the weight of the strongmen that usually perform these feats."

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