It’s back to the land for an annual charity tractor event

Proud owners of vintage tractors were able to dust them off and get them back to the land for the annual Fenland Working Weekend in Holbeach.

For two days they ploughed a 40-acre field in Damgate Road, just for the fun of it - and to raise money for Holbeach Hospital.

Nicky Smith (centre) with his Fordson Dexter tractor and (from left) John Sharp and Stuart Wisby. SG220913-145TW

Nicky Smith (centre) with his Fordson Dexter tractor and (from left) John Sharp and Stuart Wisby. SG220913-145TW

The event has been running for about 17 years and is now organised by field service engineers Alan Thorpe and Andrew French.

Mr Thorpe said: “If we didn’t do it, it wouldn’t happen, but we enjoy keeping this tradition alive and seeing the tractor owners get a chance to use them.”

They are particularly grateful to the field owner, Ashley King, and Lincolnshire Field Products for allowing them to hold the event over Saturday and Sunday.

Mr French said: “Without their permission this event wouldn’t happen, so we would like to send them a big ‘thank you’.”

The best day was Sunday, when spectators soaking up the late September sunshine and enjoying charabanc rides across the field watched 55 tractor drivers testing their skills. Most were from the Holbeach area, although there was one from Northampton and another from Leicestershire.

There were a few less taking part on Saturday, but overall the event is expected to have raised £400 in donations.