Biggest turnout as gleaming tractors are taken for a spin
MASSEYS to Mercedes and all marques in between were out and about on the roads in Teesdale in a bumper tractor run organised by Bowes Show on Sunday.
Although the agricultural show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the popular tractor run, organised by Kelvin Spooner and Ian Kipling, saw a record number of tractor owners take part.
Mr Spooner said: “It’s a welcome day out for a lot of us tractor enthusiasts. It’s the most we have had taking part. Before this we’ve had 45, but 60 tractors is great.
“There hasn’t been much happening this year so it’s nice to get out and give them a blast.”
Some minor adjustments had been made to ensure social distancing guidelines were adhered to but it didn’t dampen spirits during the 50-mile trek up and down dale.
Tractor enthusiast Colin Hutchinson said he was pleased the weather was dry. He added: “It’s just a great opportunity for us all to catch up and have a good run out.”
Setting off from Bowes Village Hall, the cavalcade of road-going agricultural machines headed up the village and out to Old Spital, before heading to Sleightholme, Tan Hill and Brough for a lunch stop.
The impressive procession headed to the top of Lunedale after lunch, skirting by Hury reservoir and across Cotherstone Moor before heading back to Bowes.
Prizes were handed out for the best turned-out tractor. Nigel Tallentire won the Michael Tallentire Memorial Cup with a tidy Ford 6810.