Tractor enthusiasts from across East Anglia gather for spectacular

TRACTOR enthusiasts descended on the Norfolk showground for a two-day spectacular this weekend.

The inaugural Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor and Heritage Spectacular proved a big success, with organisers speculating as many as 10,000 visited over the two days.

Graham Baldry, of Bungay, and co-organiser, farmer, contractor and haulier Roger Desborough, of Wenhaston, attracted a total of 370 tractors to the event.

Mr Baldry said: “It’s exceeded all expectations. We had over five-and-a-half thousand people through the gates and with all the people with their tractors and things as well, I reckon it’s about 10,000.

“We’re very pleased. Everything’s gone well and everybody has kept saying that it needs to happen again next year.”

There was a special emphasis on pre-1920 tractors and a 1902 Ivel was one of the earliest known examples to be at the show - with Mr Baldry taking his 1966 John Deere 4020 to the event,

Mr Desborough had a good example of a Doe Triple D, of which there were more than 20 at the showground. Mr Baldry added: “The Triple Ds were one of the most popular displays. There were two from Ireland, one that had come down from Scotland and 26 all together, which we believe is the biggest in the country ever.”

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Alongside the displays, there were also working heavy horses and trade stands devoted to bygones and spare parts.