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Big 100 tractor event packs real pulling power at Nutts Corner

By Chris McCullough

A sea of blue tractors greeted the many visitors from all parts of Ireland, north and south, at the Big 100 event at Nutts Corner on Saturday.

Organised by the Braid Valley Vintage Enthusiasts Ltd, a small Broughshane-based group of tractor fans, the Big 100 celebrated 100 years of Fordson, Ford and New Holland tractors.

Planning for the big day started over three years ago when the small club of around 25 members decided to do something big for the anniversary, while at the same time raise money for Marie Curie. And, all their efforts were rewarded on Saturday when 862 tractors and thousands of people arrived at Nutts Corner, Co Antrim, in support of the cause.

There were also 250 lorries parked across the road in the truck park that had brought the tractors from all parts of Ireland to the show.

As well as tractor enthusiasts, fans also travelled from all parts of Great Britain, and from as far afield as Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium and America, to attend.

John Crothers, chairman of the Braid Valley Vintage Enthusiasts Ltd, said: "We have been planning this event for over three years and are very happy it has been such a success."

He added: "The club thanks everyone involved in making this a special day."

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