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Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Thursday, December 26, 2013
A record number of tractors turned out for an annual Boxing Day run across the south Norfolk countryside that could be the last time the annual event takes place.
A convoy of 170 tractors, 20 more than last year, snaked their way across the countryside from Larling to Illington and Great Hockham for the annual Larling tractor run, which has been a fixture of the Boxing Day calendar for the last 10 years.
However, David Boggia, who organises the rally with David Kidd, announced he was looking to retire from running the event and was looking for a new organiser for the run, which has raised £25,000 for charity since it started.
This year, collections were being held for Help for Heroes, which helps military personnel wounded in Britain’s current conflicts and East Coast Truckers, which takes children with special needs on trips.
Retired shopkeeper Mr Boggia said: “This is the biggest collection of vintage tractors in the country on a Boxing Day. I am very satisfied with how it has gone.”
During the 17 mile run, the convoy stopped for a cup of tea and coffee before returning to their start point, the Angel Inn at Larling, where they enjoyed hot dogs.
Rosalyn Balls, from Caston, was among onlookers at the tractor run, where she watched her husband David, who was driving one of the tractors.
She was visiting with her granddaughters Tilly and Grace Balls-Beresford, five and three respectively. She said: “I come every event to support it because it is raising money for charity and the grandchildren really enjoy it.”
Donna Cole, from Roudham, was another spectator and she said: “My family have been involved with it for years. We are all local so we come down. I think it is the scale of it that we enjoy.”