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Fleet Hargate man Bill's tractor sale attracted national attention

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The auction of a well-known tractor collection attracted national interest.

Bill Payne’s collection of classic tractors and historic horse carts in Fleet Hargate have been a well-known sight for many years and attracted around 500 people when they went under the hammer.

Auctioneer Will Barker was delighted with the response to the auction, which attracted people from Lancashire.

Bill Payne has been selling his tractor collection in Fleet
Bill Payne has been selling his tractor collection in Fleet

He said: “I know that it would create national interest as the collection is quite the landmark along the A17.

“I wouldn’t say it was the Angel of the North but it is a Lincolnshire landmark.

“I was very happy with the sale. We are a new business and I consider myself lucky to have been given the opportunity to conduct this sale.”

Mr Barker said that the 30 tractors went under the hammer at the sale, which raised around £150,000.

Mr Payne had built up the collection of a number of years and had hoped to create a museum.

Mr Barker said: “There were some Fordson, Grey Fergusons and a red Massey Ferguson which was a hot property.

“A lot of tractors came out in the 60s and 70s, which makes them highly collectable.”

The historic horse carts also attracted attention during the sale.

Mr Barker will continue sales in the new year.

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