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By CHRIS HILL, Rural affairs correspondent
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The region’s farming heritage was brought vividly to life this weekend as the second annual Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor and Heritage Spectacular rolled into Norwich.
About 5,000 visitors saw colourful displays of old agricultural vehicles, steam engines and early motor cars in glorious sunshine at the Norfolk Showground.
Among the 400 vintage vehicles on show were a rare Vickers Vigor, early English tractors and crawlers dating back to the 1920s.
There were also about 20 pre-1930s cars – with the oldest made in 1897 – as well as demonstrations of terrier racing and heavy horses.
Despite their age, many of the tractors and automobiles were still in fine working order for a parade around the display ring.
Roger Desborough, one of the show’s organisers, said: “It is an enthusiasts’ weekend really – anyone who is interested in vintage tractors will come and have a look. Some of these tractors are as rare as hen’s teeth.
“We’ve had the best weekend of the year, and I guess we’ve had 4,000 or 5,000 people overall, perhaps 6,000, and that’s all to do with the weather.”
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