Colyton Tractor run attracts 100 entries

OVER 100 tractors took part in the Colyton Tractor Run, held over the the Bank Holiday.

OVER 100 tractors took part in the Colyton Tractor Run, held over the the Bank Holiday.The group assembled for the start at the Colyton Playing Fields . The run was started by Chris Way, of CRW Accountants - the main sponsors - and assisted by Colyton Town Crier in full regalia.The tractors then made their way through the lanes to Widworthy, Stockland Hill, Dalwood and Membury. Then continued on an off road drive through Bluebell Woods before arriving at Chardstock for lunch in the community hall.The oldest tractor was a 1938 Allis Chalmers driven by Mike Pidgeon. And the youngest participant was a three month old baby who travelled with his mother and grandmother in a very well padded trailer.The clergy were represented with Father Nicholas Edwards of the Colyton Benefice, driving in his fifth run, and the Bishop of Crediton, Bishop Bob, driving in his first attempt.Bishop Bob went on to judge the Merlin Potter Trophy award for the best looking tractor - choosing a 1947 Fordson E27N, driven by John Butt, of Cheriton Fitzpaine. Sally Gould gave the Maurice Gould Trophy award to David Thorne, of Kilmington, who drove a Super Dexta.Organisers are still counting the money raised - but it already appears to have broken all previous records. The main beneficiary this year will be Help for Heroes.Club secretary Ann Veit said: "A great day out was had by all and now we are looking forward to next year's run - the 10th."Anybody wishing to enter should contact Ann on (01297) 552376 to be put on the mailing list.