Vintage run pulls in a crowd of 700

Vintage tractor run from Manor Farm, Grimston in aid of St Botolph's Church. ANL-150621-204100009
Vintage tractor run from Manor Farm, Grimston in aid of St Botolph's Church. ANL-150621-204100009
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It was a dream day out for dads in Grimston on Father’s Day when the village’s vintage tractor road run and country fair was held.

Throbbing engines, beers and good food were in abundance during the fifth annual event at Manor Farm on Sunday.

Andrew Carpenter shows off his 1964 International Harvester B414 at the vintage tractor road run and country fair in Grimston.

Andrew Carpenter shows off his 1964 International Harvester B414 at the vintage tractor road run and country fair in Grimston.

Around 700 people took advantage of the glorious weather and turned out for the event, which was raising money towards roof repairs at the village’s St Boltolph’s Church following the theft of £25,000 worth of lead last year.

The day got off to a revving start when around 30 vintage tractors were waved off from the farm at 10am.

They then embarked on a 20-mile, four-hour jaunt around the leafy lanes of West Norfolk, taking in Gayton Thorpe, Massingham, Harpley, Anmer and Hillingtonm before returning to the farm for the start of the country fair at 2pm.

The tractors remained on show to the public throughout the afternoon, along with displays of vintage farm machinery and steam engines from a bygone age.

Roger Coe, of Manor Farm, gives crowds a wave from his 1954 Case 500 Diesel during the vintage tractor road run in Grimston.

Roger Coe, of Manor Farm, gives crowds a wave from his 1954 Case 500 Diesel during the vintage tractor road run in Grimston.

There were also craft stalls with demonstrations from local craftsmen of lace making, felting, stone carving and wine making to name a few, as well as a host of children’s games, live music, a barbecue, hog roast and a beer tent.

Roger Haywood, secretary of the Friends of St Boltolph’s Church, which organised the event, said the day was a huge success.

“It wasn’t just about raising money for the church, it was about bringing the whole community together and showcasing local crafts and skills,” he said. “We’re really pleased with how everything went.”

“Vintage tractors and classic machines dating pre-Second World War are one of those things that appeal to both children and adults.

Vintage tractor run from Manor Farm, Grimston in aid of St Botolph's Church. ANL-150621-204046009

Vintage tractor run from Manor Farm, Grimston in aid of St Botolph's Church. ANL-150621-204046009

“The kids loved it, and the dads did too. It was a great day out for the whole family.”

The Friends committee, which has around 130 members across the country, is doing all it can to raise funds towards roof repairs at the Grade I listed church after the lead was stolen in a raid last November.

The committee has already donated around £5,000 to the repairs from existing funds, and grant funding has so far reached around £3,500.

Vintage tractor run from Manor Farm, Grimston in aid of St Botolph's Church. ANL-150621-204200009

Vintage tractor run from Manor Farm, Grimston in aid of St Botolph's Church. ANL-150621-204200009