Holbeach Town and Country Fayre lining up for new record bid

John Ward's cabbage hurling will also return to Holbeach Town and Country Fayre.
John Ward's cabbage hurling will also return to Holbeach Town and Country Fayre.
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A South Holland country fayre is hoping to hurl itself into the record books next year after coming up with another idea to take the world by surprise.

After the success of the World Cabbage Hurling Championships, Holbeach Town and Country Fayre hopes to attract the biggest line-up of the world famous Ransome Crawler – a small tractor designed to operate on small orchards, vineyards and market gardens.

The tractor was first produced in 1936 by the Robert Ransome engineering company and sold both at home and aboard.

It will be exactly 80 years since the first one rolled off the production lines.

Built over assorted years, production of these style of twin tracked ‘garden crawlers’ stopped during the mid-1960s, when the company ended building robust machines to concentrate on the lawn equipment market.

However, many are still going strong and are owned by farming and gardening enthusiasts, many of whom keep them in good working order to display at assorted shows and events up and down the country.

The event will run alongside the third World Cabbage Hurling Championships – the brainchild of inventor John Ward.

Vegetables are launched from a catapult-like machine based on trebuchets - weapons used to fling projectiles.

John Ward, from Lincolnshire, said it “took the world by surprise” at Holbeach Town and Country Fayre last summer.

He said: “What we want to do with the new event is get the people who own these machines locally and make them aware of this possible world record event. Anyone with any model or designation, with or without the assorted attachments, is very welcome to take part.”