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Grimston tractor rally pulls its weight for church funds



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More than 50 tractors, representing farming through the ages, trundled through West Norfolk countryside and villages at the weekend.

Their 22-mile route took them from Grimston and back again on a run that dates back ten years and in that time has raised more than £100,000 for the parish church of St Botolph's.

Organiser, Roger Coe, said that he would like to think this year's event would add more than £5,000 to the total.

Organiser Roger Coe. MLNF-22AF05473
Organiser Roger Coe. MLNF-22AF05473

“The money goes towards the fabric and restoration of the church rather than into the general coffers”, he said. “It is an amazing figure and without it a lot of work that has been carried out on the church would never have happened.”

After being sidelined by the pandemic, the rally was held on a small scale last year but this year's event was back to its usual strength and was combined with a fete and live music by a country and western band.

Around 500 people turned out in support and to watch the tractors do a lap of the village and then set off on their route round neighbouring villages with a picnic stop on the green at Massingham.

The Coe family's former steam engine. MLNF-22AF05475
The Coe family's former steam engine. MLNF-22AF05475

The oldest machines were from the 1940s and powered by petrol and paraffin. There were a lot from the 50s and 60s and a modern all-singing-all-dancing John Deere bringing the collection up to date.

Attracting much attention was a steam engine dating back to 1928 and once owned by Mr Coe's father Frank.

It did a tour of the village later in the day towing the threshing drum and elevator that would have been used on the family farm at harvest time.

A cheery wave at the start of the run. MLNF-22AF05479
A cheery wave at the start of the run. MLNF-22AF05479
Sam Fitzgerald, representing the young generation of tractor fans. MLNF-22AF05469
Sam Fitzgerald, representing the young generation of tractor fans. MLNF-22AF05469
A chance to catch up with friends MLNF-22AF05467
A chance to catch up with friends MLNF-22AF05467
The convoy heads off. MLNF-22AF05492
The convoy heads off. MLNF-22AF05492

Tractors came from all over West Norfolk to take part.



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