EMMA Sayers is most definitely a woman in a man’s world.
The 24-year-old, from Bispham, is equally at home behind the wheel of a massive HGV, as she is donning a pink tutu.
The former Bispham High pupil, who dubs herself Truckerina, will star in a TV show this week, which tries to raise awareness of female lorry drivers.
Only two per cent of the truck drivers in the UK are women.
Emma will feature in the Channel 4 show, Mothertruckers, on Thursday.
The queen of the road has an interesting and unusual story, as she decided to become a tipper truck driver only after her promising career as a classical ballet dancer was halted due to a sudden knee injury.
And unexpectedly, she fell in love with truck driving, and is now the only female truck driver in Blackpool.
She said: “A lot of people are surprised when I tell them what I do.
“And people who haven’t seen me for ages can’t believe it.
“I’ve gone from ballet shoes to bovver boots and I love it.”
Emma’s interest in trucks developed when she was working at a supermarket.
“One night, I was out in the bit where the wagons go, and was talking to the drivers, and I started going out every week for a chat.
“One night one of the old boys told me I could drive a truck, and I just decided to give it a go.
“Learning truck driving has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
“But it feels like a massive achievement. I love it. I love the trucks. To me driving isn’t a job or career – it’s a way of life. It means the world to me now and I cannot imagine what I would do if I couldn’t do it any more.”
Emma has recently been able to go back to ballet dancing – although she doubts she can make that her career now.
And after working down south for a while driving articulated trucks, she is now back in Blackpool, doing agency work.
It can be hit and miss, so she is making ends meet between trucking jobs working in a local hotel doing cleaning work.
It’s a tough world for the female truckers on the TV show, including Emma.
But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
She said: “I have pink gloves and a pink high-vis vest, because the blokes don’t nick them!
“Otherwise you’d have a week off, come back and they just take each other’s stuff.
“I hope the TV programme will show that women can be tough.
“We are just as capable as the men, have had the same training, are just as good.
“I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and I just give as good as I get when it comes to the banter!”
n Mothertruckers will be broadcast at 10pm on Thursday, on Channel 4.