Photo Gallery: Thousands attend Brampton Plough Day

THOUSANDS of spectators have attended an annual plough day today to soak up the rural atmosphere, watch old-fashioned tractors at work and help raise money for charity.

The 21st annual Brampton Plough Day, held at Manor Farm, has today been dubbed 'one of the best years yet' by organisers of the event.

Derrick Leech, founder and organiser of the event, said: 'This is one of the best rural event there has been. It is nice and encouraging to see so many people turn out to it.

'The people have enjoyed sitting around the ring at the dog show. I have mostly enjoyed watching the tractors.'

Events included a tractor ploughing competition, thrashing demonstrations, vintage car and stationary engine displays. There have also been heavy horses, ferrets and chickens to admire as well as dog agility and novelty show and a gun dog demonstration.

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'I used to go to several rallies and I thought it would be nice to organise an event that gets the tractors back on to the field for people to see them working,' Mr Leech added.

The day has also helped to raise money for suffers of Multiple Sclerosis and McMcmillan Cancer Nurses, and Mr Leech believes the day has raised almost �5000.

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He added: 'I hope I can carry this on for another 21 years and I hope someone will take over when I retire. We've got a good community and have lots of support and helpers. The event's now grown and this is one of our best years ever.'

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