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Vintage Trailed trophy winner John Webb from Maldon Picture Mark Westley
Vintage Trailed trophy winner John Webb from Maldon Picture Mark Westley

A vintage ploughing match which was cancelled in March due to bad weather took place in Ingham last weekend.

Held at Neville House Farm, the 10th Suffolk Vintage Ploughing Society match on Sunday saw 60 ploughs pitting their wits against each other in various classes.

Paul Rowe, chairman of the Suffolk Vintage Ploughing Society and founder of the event, said: “It went really very well considering it was a rescheduled match from March after being cancelled twice due to the Beast from the East.

“To have it on a day with reasonable weather too was very good.”

Chris Harper from Haverhill checking his lines Picture Mark Westley.
Chris Harper from Haverhill checking his lines Picture Mark Westley.

The event also included one of the qualifying rounds for the British National Ploughing Championships.

Winners on the day included John Webb, who won the Vintage Trailed trophy, Ellie Bullard, who took the juniors prize and Richard Ingram, the British and European champion, scooped the Champion Plough Person on the Day accolade.

Ellie Bullard from Royston who won the juniors prize Picture Mark Westley
Ellie Bullard from Royston who won the juniors prize Picture Mark Westley

Paul said: “My aim is to keep this going and get as many people interested in matches, so young people get to know the traditions and what we used to do.”

He also thanked David Stennett and Sons for providing the land. Funds raised from the match are set to go to West Suffolk Hospital.