Holt Farm Machinery Club ploughing marathon set to raise �10,000 for three charities

Two days of non-stop ploughing in the fields around Holt are set to raise �10,000 for a trio of charities.

The marathon, staged every other year by the Holt Farm Machinery Club, came to an end at noon on Sunday.

It began at lunchtime on Friday with Ben Jones from Holt at wheel of the Fent tractor, with the final four-hour leg done by Barry Lake of Hindringham.

The event has been running since 1981, and is this year helping Big C, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Macmillan Cancer, said club secretary Malcolm Greves.

A dozen club members took it in turns to do the work, with the' hardest stints being the night time ones when drivers would normally be asleep', he added.

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The tractor, hauling a Kverneland reversible plough, chugged around beet and barley stubble fields in an effort supported by Rix Petroleum who donated 900 litres of fuel for the event.

Fund-raising was also boosted over the weekend by a Sunday afternoon classic tractor rally which saw 20 vintage machines doing an 18-mile run, to Cley and back along with a Saturday hog roast and dance to live music from Danny and the Seniors.

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The drivers doing other stints were Richard Mace from Cawston, Adrian Holden from Kerdiston, Michael Massingham from Edgefield, Michael Daniels from North Barningham, Andrew Gray form Salthouse, David and Ben Dunning from Witchingham, Des Austin from Syderstone, Martin Savory from Blakeney, Philip Mitchell from Bale and Mike Sillis from Edgefield.

? A site on part of the old Langham airfield has been made available to the Norfolk Ploughing Society for a match on Sunday September 25.

Michael Case, of Manor Farm, Cockthorpe has agreed to host the event after hearing the society's appeal for a site.

There will be five classes – vintage mounted, vintage trailed, classic, and mounted unmodified and for the first time, a horticultural class.

Members will be collecting for the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group. Further details from Jane Raynes 01362 684419 or jane@rsl-sys.co.uk

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