Fenland Working Weekend draws people from near and far

Stanley and Martin Verney enjoy the working weekend. (SG230917-138TW)
Stanley and Martin Verney enjoy the working weekend. (SG230917-138TW)
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The annual Fenland Working Weekend proved popular once again as people gathered in Holbeach to plough the land and celebrate the trade.

This year saw up to 60 enthusiasts bring their tractors along to join in with cultivating the land as part of the exhibit on the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Robbie Thorpe with 1940s Fordson. (SG230917-143TW)

Robbie Thorpe with 1940s Fordson. (SG230917-143TW)

Andrew French, one of the organisers, said: “Old vintage and classic tractors come and we use the old machinery to work the land like they would do back in the day. We had people travel quite far from places like Derbyshire, Cheshire and even as far as Kent. Some brought their tractors and some just came to watch the display.

“There was also a little tractor and trailer ride which the 20-30 viewers could jump in the back of and it would take them up to the top of the field so they could view what was going on and watch the display.”

The weekend was held to raise money to support Holbeach Hospital. Donations have not yet been counted but it is estimated that they have managed to raise around £400-500.

Andrew added: “Special thanks need to go to Stephen Pugh who basically gave us the land to do whatever we want with and also to the Doubleday Group for lending us a big John Deere tractor.”

Harry Dunham collects potato leaves. (SG230917-137TW)

Harry Dunham collects potato leaves. (SG230917-137TW)

○ For more pictures see Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press (out October 10).

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