Fakenham tractors plough their own furrow

Eighty-two-hear-old Ivan Chubbock ploughs a straight furrow with his 1941 Fordson tractor MLNF15PB09709 ANL-150923-135726001
Eighty-two-hear-old Ivan Chubbock ploughs a straight furrow with his 1941 Fordson tractor MLNF15PB09709 ANL-150923-135726001
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The skills that have helped feed the nation in the past 100 years were on show at Keith Farm Partnership field near Fakenham on Sunday,

Enthusiasts gathered at a ploughing match to show that they could cut an arrow-straight furrow without the need of modern technology.

The annual event attracted some 40 owners of classic and vintage tractors not only from right across Norfolk but as far a field at Cambridgeshire. It was organised by the 13-year-old Norfolk Ploughing Society.

For many years the match was organised by Fakenham Farm Machinery Club, which was disbanded three years ago.

“We took over and are now caretaking the matches,” said society president, Keith Raynes.

“Events like this keep the old skills alive.

“Some of the people here today work on farms driving modern four hundred to five hundred tonne tractors but others don’t work on the land. I’m in IT, for example.”

Several tractors on show helped produce the food that helped feed the nation during the war years 75 years ago when farmers were instructed to plough every bit of available land including playing fields and village greens.

These included a number of Fordson Super Dextas, an American model, which was manufactured in large numbers in this country during the war.

The oldest tractor and competitor was a 1941 Fordson pulling a 1939 Ransom drag plough, owned by 82-year-old Ivan Chubbock. Also on show were newer classic tractors dating back to the early 1960’s just before the advent of closed cabs.

These skills will be on show on Sunday at the Holt ploughing match at Cockthorpe and again on Sunday 18 October at Billingford.