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WATCH: A soaring bird's eye view of farming heritage at Skeyton Trosh

30 September, 2017 - 07:00
Skeyton Trosh 2017, photographed from the air on a drone-mounted camera. Picture: Tim Kitson

Skeyton Trosh 2017, photographed from the air on a drone-mounted camera. Picture: Tim Kitson

Tim Kitson

A record crowd gathered to watch a re-enactment of farming heritage in north Norfolk - a scene which was captured using the more modern technology of a drone-mounted camera.

Skeyton Trosh 2017, photographed from the air on a drone-mounted camera. Picture: Tim KitsonSkeyton Trosh 2017, photographed from the air on a drone-mounted camera. Picture: Tim Kitson

More than 900 people arrived at the Skeyton Michaelmas Trosh on Sunday, to see vintage tractors and watch displays of ploughing, threshing and baling.

One of the main attractions was a 1970s Vulcan potato harvester, restored especially for the event after spending 20 years languishing in a storage shed on Tom Randell’s farm at Skeyton, which hosts the annual Trosh, and where the machine began its working life in 1975.

The displays were filmed by Tim Kitson of Potato Solutions using an aerial drone, giving a bird’s eye view of the agricultural relics at work in the field.

Trosh organiser Graham Kirk said: “There were people who travelled some distance to be here, and there people who came specifically to look at the Vulcan.

Skeyton Trosh 2017, photographed from the air on a drone-mounted camera. Picture: Tim KitsonSkeyton Trosh 2017, photographed from the air on a drone-mounted camera. Picture: Tim Kitson

“It is 40-odd years old, and most of these things have been scrapped, so to get something like that working again, from within people’s memories, is really good.

“With vintage machines, if you go too far back, you attract people who are interested in the history of things. But if you bring it forward to the 1970s there are a lot of people around who used to operate these machines, so to see them operating again is something they really like.

“The whole day went really well, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.”

The event raised money for Skeyton Church and Village Hall, and also for Buxton Sea Scouts.

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