March 12 2014 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Nearly 70 ploughmen from around the county took part in a charity ploughing day today (Sunday) to help raise funds for local people suffering with respiratory problems.
The special post-Christmas event, organised by the Norfolk Ploughing Society (NPS), saw dozen of enthusiasts show off their vintage, classic and horticultural tractors and ploughs.
Members of the NPS were also on hand to collect donations for this year’s chosen charity, the respiratory department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Jane Raynes, secretary of NPS, said: “We ask members for suggestions each year. We like to have a charity that is personal for one of the members and local to Norfolk. This year’s cause was picked because one of our member’s wife has a respiratory problem.
“People just turn up to try out their new ploughs or just to burn off a bit of Christmas dinner.”
Three of the 68 ploughmen who took part were junior ploughers - aged under 16 - and included 15-year-old Maurice Fish of North Elmham.
Mr Fish has been ploughing for four months and said he enjoyed helping on his father’s farm, while also studying for his GCSEs.
Driving a Massey-Ferguson 825 tractor for the first time, he said: “I wanted to come today to try ploughing and also to look at other equipment.”
Fans of the event would have expected a visit from Arthur Clouting’s horses, Monty and Bruno, of Buxton, but unfortunately they were unable to attend this year.
However, visitors were treated to a unique sight when a German 1950s Unimog made an appearance.
Owned by agricultural contractor David Robinson, of East Tuddenham, the multipurpose four wheel drive was built to be used as an off-road farming vehicle as well as an everyday car.
Mr Robinson’s dog Tess spent much of the morning sitting happily in the vehicle while Mr Robinson demonstrated how it ploughed. He described it as “vintage machine with a lot of history.”
Families also turned out to support the event, including one keen tractor admirer, four-year-old Jacob Salmon of Attleborough.
He got the chance to sit on a red tractor and described the experience as “fantastic”. He added: “Orange tractors are my favourite but red tractors are also best too.”
The event took place in a field off Holly Lane in Horsford by permission of Robert Carter at Drayton Farms.