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Whepstead Community Association’s tractor rally, which travelled through villages between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, raises £6,000





Hundreds of spectators basked in the sun as a village’s first tractor parade raised more than £6,000.

More than 200 people gathered at Whepstead Community Centre to gaze in awe as 67 tractors began their journey at 11am.

A further 300 lined the streets along the parade’s route, which saw the vehicles new and old – including two Volvo lorries – travel through Hawstead, Stanningfield, Lawshall, Hartest, Brockley and Rede.

Edward Fayers (10) enjoying the event. Picture: Mecha Morton
Edward Fayers (10) enjoying the event. Picture: Mecha Morton
George Howe (11) at the Whepstead Community Association’s tractor rally. Picture: Mecha Morton
George Howe (11) at the Whepstead Community Association’s tractor rally. Picture: Mecha Morton
George Howe (11). Picture: Mecha Morton
George Howe (11). Picture: Mecha Morton
Mike Lavelle with his 1943 Bedford MW. Picture: Mecha Morton
Mike Lavelle with his 1943 Bedford MW. Picture: Mecha Morton
Giles Williams with Erin (4) and Noah (2). Picture: Mecha Morton
Giles Williams with Erin (4) and Noah (2). Picture: Mecha Morton

The event was topped off with burgers, hotdogs, a raffle and an auction, with some excellent prizes on offer.

Kevin Mayes, from Whepstead Community Association, who organised the event alongside Richard Ford, said the event had an excellent turnout – and thanked everyone who attended, helped out and donated.

Funds raised from the event will be given to Macmillan Cancer Trust.

More than 60 vehicles attended. Picture: Mecha Morton
More than 60 vehicles attended. Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
The event was organised by Whepstead Community Association. Picture: Mecha Morton
The event was organised by Whepstead Community Association. Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton

Mr Mayes said: “We got exceptionally lucky with the weather, which only made the day that much better.

“The event was well-attended, with ages ranging from children to the elderly and everyone had a great time.

“The kitchen alone raised about £900 selling hotdogs and burgers and the raffle brought in about £1,400. It was a fantastic result.

“We travelled slowly through the villages to allow people to enjoy the show and even stopped at the Hartest Crown for a drink.

Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton

“There were a number of comments asking us to make it an annual event, so we’re hoping to be back next year.”

Mr Ford said about 20 people helped out in the kitchens and with the raffle and auction.

In addition to the convoy, people could pay to enter and get their photo taken with the tractors.

Giles Williams with Erin (4) and Noah (2). Picture: Mecha Morton
Giles Williams with Erin (4) and Noah (2). Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton
Picture: Mecha Morton

Various items, including tickets to the Newmarket races, a four-yard skip and a guided flight at Rattlesden Airfield, were auctioned off.