Tractor rally brings vintage vehicles to the Isle

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orget farming the fields, tractor owners will be showing off their prized possessions when the second annual Epworth Tractor Run comes to town.

The event, which is held to raise money for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Sunday, June 21 from 10am.

The run this year will coincide with Midsummer and Fathers’ Day, as well as the charity’s garden party fundraiser.

Tractor owners will gather at Mill Farm in Rectory Street, and the Mowbray Arms car park from 8am onwards.

The morning clockwise route takes in Epworth, Belton, Beltoft, West Butterwick, and Owston Ferry arriving at the White Hart Public House around midday.

Publicity secretary Tony Catherall said: “Parking the tractors alongside the Trent Bank next door to the pub – it’s a great place to see the tractors close up – a free lunch is available for the entrants and helpers, courtesy of landlord Pete Smith and family.

“The afternoon run leaves at about 1pm and follows mostly country tracks via Bagsby, and Listers, Newlands Lane and Rectory Street, Epworth arriving back at Mill Farm at approximately 3-3.45pm.

“The whole route both morning and afternoon is about 25 miles.

“This year we have many more helpers and admin staff. Grateful thanks are given by the organisers to the helpers, sponsors, businesses for their unnerving support.”

He also thanked local landowners for their cooperation in allowing the run to use their land.

It is hoped this year’s event, which is expected to attract around 100 entries, weather permitting, will top the fundraising figure of 2014, which was £1,945.68 for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

Organiser Geoff Fillingham said: “A guy from near Louth drives a Field Marshall which was built in Gainsborough. This one went over to France where it was refurbished but like most of us came back. He is hoping to come – we didn’t have one last year, so this is one to look out for with their distinctive popping sound and lots of smoke.”

Entry is still available and will be welcomed. For more details and entry contact Geoff Fillingham on 07974 433545 or email

roders213@icloud.com)

There will be a grand raffle that adds to the charity donation supported by local businesses.

It will be drawn in the Mill Farm Barn at approximately 4pm.