Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Rain doesn't stop show ploughing on

Some of Ulster's top vintage tractors were out in force over the weekend in the Northern Ireland Vintage Tractor Ploughing Championships.

The one-day event was held in ideal conditions on Raymond McKee's farm at Hillsborough on Saturday.

This year's line-up included a new class for reversibles.

Miriam Ward, Northern Ireland Vintage Tractor Ploughing Association secretary, said: "The ground conditions were ideal for the event and the odd skiffles of rain did not deter the ploughing or the spectators.

"In fact, a display of three pairs of horses ploughing certainly drew and entertained the crowds.

"We had an excellent number of participants from across Northern Ireland and were encouraged by the number of young people taking part.

"There were, of course, some impressive ladies involved too."

The colourful turn-out of vintage tractors came only days after the first sod was cut on the new Harry Ferguson Heritage Centre nearby.

Many of the tractors designed by the famous engineer took part in the championship; held less than 10 minutes from where he grew up.

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