Photo gallery: Heritage farming celebrated at the Skeyton Michaelmas Trosh

Jill Lawrence and Zoe Smith potato packing at Skeyton Michaelmas Trosh. Photo: Karen Bethell Jill Lawrence and Zoe Smith potato packing at Skeyton Michaelmas Trosh. Photo: Karen Bethell

Sunday, September 29, 2013
5:05 PM

One of the most important days in the farming calendar of yesteryear was brought back to life at the annual Skeyton Michaelmas Trosh today (Sunday).

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The event, which originally marked the end of one farming year and the beginning of another and saw farmers renew their tenancies, was reinstated in the north Norfolk village near North Walsham five years ago.

Hosted by potato grower Tom Randell at Breck’s Farm, it has since raised up to £800 a year for local good causes, including All Saints’ Church, Skeyton Scouts and the village hall.

Attractions included ploughing and threshing demonstrations and a vintage tractor display.

There was also a wood cutting demonstration which saw David “Spike” Bilverstone of Ranworth using a vintage racksaw bench powered by a 1924 agricultural traction engine.

Trosh organising team member David Lawrence, a marine engineer at Wroxham, said the event gave people the chance to see what farming life was like in days gone by.

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