Holbeach to Hunstanton vintage tractor rally

Hunstanton charity run.
Hunstanton charity run.
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South Holland vintage tractor enthusiasts took their vehicles to the seaside - in the name of charity.

It was an off-the-cuff suggestion to hold the run on a summer’s day, but one that chimed with organiser Ivan Allen, who had first-hand knowledge of the British Heart Foundation.

A pre-event party held in the grounds of Robbie Thorpe’s Holbeach home attracted many people, and a raffle helped swell the charity collection.

The line-up of men and machines left Holbeach town centre at 8am to the cheers of onlookers and wellwishers.

They headed off on the A17, before turning off towards Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge and taking the scenic route towards King’s Lynn and their final destination, Hunstanton.

Despite the very hot weather and heavy summer traffic, organiser Ivan Allen reported no hold-ups or traffic problems.

The tractors, many decades old, assembled on the Green in the centre of Hunstanton before noon. There, they attracted the attention of many day trippers, who also donated to the charity.

Many family and friends also made the journey to support the charity rally.

After a lunch and a relaxing time on the sea front, the drivers all mounted up for the return trip back to Holbeach.

Chris Cole, from Tear’s Recovery Service, provided breakdown backup, which was fortunately not needed on the day.

Apart from Ivan, those taking part included John Ford, David Disdel, Stephen Pearsall, Kevin Pearsall, David Hillham, John Hillham, Robbie Thorpe, Ged Coupland, Paul Beacham and Chris Cole from Tears Recovery.