Grimston tractor rally pulls its weight for church funds
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.
“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 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.
Tractors came from all over West Norfolk to take part.