Tractor Fest at Newby Hall

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Thousands of visitors flocked to Newby Hall near Ripon at the weekend for the eighth annual Tractor Fest.

Held on Saturday and Sunday, the Tractor Fest was opened by the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley, and featured for the first time a March of the Tractors procession from Newby Hall to Ripon’s market square.

Alfie Leonard, 4, runs excitedly down a line of Nuffield Universal vintage tractors at Newby Hall's Tractor Fest.

Alfie Leonard, 4, runs excitedly down a line of Nuffield Universal vintage tractors at Newby Hall's Tractor Fest.

Vintage and new tractors covered the whole of the market square on Saturday evening when shops, cafes and restaurants stayed open to mark the occasion. The tractors were sent on their way back to Newby Hall by the Ripon Hornblower during the Setting of the Watch ceremony at 9pm.

The Tractor Fest is organised by the Yorkshire Vintage Association. This year’s event featured more than 1,000 exhibits, including 500 tractors, many of them vintage steel-wheeled engines dating from the earliest days of farm mechanisation.

There was also a large display of Nuffield tractors, the iconic British brand manufactured by Morris Motors’ Wolseley Division.

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