Shropshire Star

Festive tractor run is a rousing success

A festive tractor run in Shropshire has raised more than £3,500 for Cancer Research UK.

Tom Wellings

Organised by 17-year-old Tom Wellings, Sunday's Bridgnorth Charity Tractor Run was the first of its kind and some 150 tractors turned out to support the cause.

Tom's father Mark Wellings said: "It was fantastic, I have no idea of numbers of spectators but there was a big volume of people who came out to watch.

"At the livestock market we had a successful raffle and a successful auction of an antique tractor and trailer."

The livestock market was used as the staging area for the mustering of the tractors, which then paraded through High Town and Low Town on their way out of Bridgnorth. The modern models took a longer route, while the more stately vintage tractors took a shorter trip before returning.

Mark added: "The generosity of the people of Bridgnorth is immense. It was really uplifting to see people turning out."

Tom said: "I'd really like to thank all the farmers, contractors and the rest of the agricultural community for their help and everyone who donated. It was a huge turnout and we never expected it. To see all the people putting time and effort in and coming from so far away was a really good feeling."

The total raised for Cancer Research so far is £3,522 and rising. If you would like to donate to the cause, click here.

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