COLLECTOR’S ITEM: Peter Moss with the 1959 Austin lorry
COLLECTOR’S ITEM: Peter Moss with the 1959 Austin lorry

MORE than 1,000 people turned out for a vintage tractor auction at Rokeby with the majority of items being sold.

Organised by farmer Peter Moss and his friends at Ewe Bank Farm, the auction featured a number of trawler tractors, including one owned by Mr Moss that was used in Europe after the Normandy invasion during the Second World War. It sold for £3,300.

The delighted farmer said: “That was sold to a chap near York. I didn’t expect it would make that. It is a one-off and very heavy.”

Other successes included a Reliant Robin that he had originally bought for £25.

Mr Moss said: “I bought that when my daughter passed her test.

“She took one look at it and said ‘no’. It’s been the shed ever since.”

The vehicle sold for £700 and is to be used for an advertising promotion.

Another of Mr Moss’s unusual items to sell was a 1959 Austin light lorry which he had bought for £10 and sold for £600.

He said: “The chap who bought that is going to do it up and get it back on the road. I would say 90 per cent of things were sold. Most of the tractors were sold.

“There were a lot of people. I would say there were 1,000 or 1,500. I think a lot came out of curiosity – you couldn’t move among the tractors for the people.”

Cash raised from the sale of bacon butties and refreshments by Mr Moss’s wife, Ann, and her friends is to be divided between Brignall Church and the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

He said: “It got to the point where they could hardly cope. The poor girls couldn’t cook the bacon fast enough.

“A lot more could have been sold. I would think there is a few hundred quid been raised.”