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PUBLISHED: 17:55 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 23 August 2010

Paul Carter testing out the pulling of the car

Paul Carter testing out the pulling of the car

IT S not every day that shoppers get the chance to see a strongman pull a one-tonne car up the steepest high street in the county. But that s exactly what happened last Saturday when UK s Strongest Man competitor Paul Carter hauled a Honda Civic 109 metr

SOUTH OF BORDER: Mariachi music entertained shoppers.

IT'S not every day that shoppers get the chance to see a strongman pull a one-tonne car up the steepest high street in the county.

But that's exactly what happened last Saturday when UK's Strongest Man competitor Paul Carter hauled a Honda Civic 109 metres up Gravesend High Street.

His amazing display of strength was the centrepiece of the second annual High Street Festival, held from 10am to 4pm.

The 6ft 4in, 28-stone giant began training for strongman competitions in 2002 and has since notched up titles as Kent's strongest man and the South-east's strongest man.

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Mr Carter, 37, of Ingoldsby Road, Gravesend, said: "I didn't think it was going to be too bad. I have pulled a 16-tonne truck before but the distance and the incline made this more difficult. By the time I finished my lungs were burning. When I got to the top there were people everywhere. There was huge support for me and that was great."

The day of entertainment is organised by business owners, with the support of Gravesham Borough Council, to raise the profile of the High Street and boost community spirit.

The event, opened by deputy mayor of Gravesham Bronwen McGarrity, featured a number of performances at Town Pier Square. Duo Frank and Stein provided comedy and music, and Tom Swift and girl group Precious were also on stage.

Music from the Salvador Mariachi Band entertained shoppers attracted by a host of stalls and other attractions.

Town centre co-ordinator Brian Portway said: "I thought what Paul did was absolutely tremendous. When he finished pulling the car he was almost going at a trot. To take on that sort of challenge was just remarkable."

Rachel Barry, 37, one of the organisers and owner of Cabelos Hair Salon, said: "It was fantastic. We had no problems. Everything went really, really well. There were a lot of people in the High Street.

"We are hoping to get more support from the bigger guns like Primark and Woolworths to boost the festival. Hopefully, next year it will be bigger and better."

G and M motors provided the Honda Civic for Paul Carter's successful challenge.

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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