Collectors gather for 28th show

Organiser Colin Boor of Gedney Hill, pictured with real and model Bedford S Type, both in local Ken Thomas livery.
Organiser Colin Boor of Gedney Hill, pictured with real and model Bedford S Type, both in local Ken Thomas livery.
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Spalding Model Tractor Show has once again proved itself to be the perfect event for children of all ages.

Now in its 28th year, it has become something of an institution – and on Sunday at Springfields it attracted toy tractor collectors and dealers from across the world.

Spalding Cody Kanvin (left) shows the remote models to the  Hibbins family  John, Emma, Joshua and Oliver. ANL-150118-140604001

Spalding Cody Kanvin (left) shows the remote models to the Hibbins family John, Emma, Joshua and Oliver. ANL-150118-140604001

Colin Boor, organiser, said: “We had lots of visitors and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“We had a good day.”

The event featured everything for those with tractor-related interests - including models, literature, books and DVDs.

Still recognised as the largest gathering of its type for farm toy enthusiasts in Britain, there was a wide selection of obsolete toy tractors on offer, as well as the latest model releases from all the leading manufacturers.

Auctioneer and publisher Andy Ebbage with handbuilt models for sale. ANL-150118-140616001

Auctioneer and publisher Andy Ebbage with handbuilt models for sale. ANL-150118-140616001

This offers a great advantage to the show visitors, who are able to purchase items not usually found at regular toy fairs, as well many of the older or unique models unobtainable elsewhere.

The model tractor world had grown enormously in recent years and this is reflected in the show with new areas of interest such as dioramas.

There was also a small display of full-sized tractors and as usual a limited-edition show model was on sale during the day.

John Rowell with 1951 Aveling Porter petrol roller ANL-150118-140649001

John Rowell with 1951 Aveling Porter petrol roller ANL-150118-140649001

Joanne Rogers with Caterpillar 225 excavator ANL-150118-140638001

Joanne Rogers with Caterpillar 225 excavator ANL-150118-140638001