December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Threshers, tractors and a touch of true grit were on show at Ingworth Trosh on Sunday, when organisers decided to go ahead with the annual event in spite of high winds and heavy showers.
Now in its ninth year, the trosh raises cash for churches at Alby, Ingworth and Erpingham and regularly attracts hundreds of people, from local farming folk to holiday makers.
Farming contractor Alan Witham, who is part of a team of volunteers who organise the trosh, said that, while a few stallholders had decided not to brave the weather, nearly all the advertised attractions had gone ahead as planned.
“We haven’t had to cancel anything,” he added. “And, in spite of the weather, we have had a fantastic turnout, so I’m happy we didn’t take any notice of the forecast.”
This year’s programme included ploughing and threshing demonstrations, a farmers’ market, Shetland ponies and sheep shearing, with vintage tractors on show alongside modern farming equipment including a straight-from-the-showroom, £400,000 Grimme six-row harvester capable of holding 22 tons of sugar beet.
A fun dog show featured canine companions ranging from tiny terriers to working breeds, with a “dog that most looks like Mr Witham” competition won by Luca the Alpaca, which was brought along by John Taylor of Oaklea Alpacas at Thwaite Common.
Mr Witham posed for a photograph with Luca, who donned his look-alike’s flat cap.
“We have tried to keep the trosh fun and fairly small,” Mr Witham said.
“And although we don’t expect to raise as much money as in previous years, we think we’ll still be able to give the churches a respectable sum.”