Big field for Norfolk’s ploughing match

A good crowd of onlookers as well as competitors from all over the country descended on a Breckland field at Scoulton for the biennial Norfolk Farm Machinery Club's county ploughing match.

Normac's county organiser, Chris Thomas, said that a large attendance of spectators gathered to watch the field of 52 competitors from Wales, Devon, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire as well as Norfolk and Suffolk.

The excellent advance publicity in the EDP helped to draw a much larger crowd than expected. They were able to see work being done in seven different classes including a strong contingent of horticultural machines.

The heavy horse are always an attraction and there were five shires ploughing and harrowing just as they did in the past.

The large site, which covered about 60 acres was provided by R Buscall Farms, of Carbrooke, near Watton.

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Mounted: 1 Robert Callaby, Heacham; 2 Peter Carman, Cawston; 3 Paul Studley, Devon.

Classic: 1 Steve Framingham, Bawdeswell; 2 Paul Rowe; 3 Graham Booth, Lincolnshire.

Ladies: 1 Pam Grimmer; Tivetshall; 3 Jackie Thompson, North Elmham.

Classic: 1 Steve Framingham, Bawdeswell; 2 Paul Rowe; 3 Graham Booth, Lincolnshire.

Horticultural: 1 Sally Needle, Colkirk; 2 Stephen Hall, Colkirk; 3 Adrian Hall, Colkirk.

The best working turnout award was won by R. Watson.

The Ladies' drawing match was won by Mrs Peter Copeman and the mens' drawing by farmer Andrew Hill, of Horningtoft, near Fakenham.

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