Threshing’s thirsty work

Look at my sooty hands ' Christopher Morley-Tyson on board a 1907 Ruston Proctor traction engine. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG080912-134TW
Look at my sooty hands ' Christopher Morley-Tyson on board a 1907 Ruston Proctor traction engine. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG080912-134TW

IT was thirsty work at Bicker Steam Threshing Weekend as the crowds drank the beer tent 
dry.

Luckily the barrels lasted until almost the last gasp on Sunday afternoon.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people visited the popular event which is now in its 26th year.

Sandra Dawson, who helps organise the event, says it’s likely the steam threshing weekend will raise more than £3,000 – which is well up on the last few years – to pay for repairs at St Swithun’s Church.

Visitors were able to watch some of the giants of steam that were fixtures on local farms in the early part of the last century as well as take scenic tours on a trailer pulled by a steam engine.

Attractions included dog agility classes, archery, an auction, displays of classic and vintage cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles, as well as a variety of stalls selling everything from crafts to fruit.

The Archdeacon of Lincoln, the Ven Tim Barker, conducted an open air service on Sunday afternoon with music provided by a fairground organ.

The event was also visited by the Mayor of Boston, Colin Brotherton.

Mrs Dawson said: “It really was a good weekend. The weather helped make it.”