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By ADAM GRETTON
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Centuries of farming traditions were on show near Attleborough at the weekend for the 10th anniversary of a charity agricultural rally.
The Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show was established in 2002 by farmers Richard and Jane Baker to say thank you to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which came to their daughter’s aid following a horse riding accident.
Thousands of visitors descended on the 100 acre showground in Rocklands Road over the weekend to mark the anniversary of the rally, which has grown and grown since its humble beginnings on the village green.
Dozens of steam engines, tractors, combines and motorbikes were on show, which has raised more than £10,000 for the air ambulance over the years.
Visitors were treated to two days of sunshine at the rally, which for the first time hosted a Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association competition.
Mr Baker said he was delighted with the attendance for the event and vintage engines had come from as far as Essex and Lincolnshire during a busy harvest period for farmers.
“We are very, very pleased with the turnout. It is a headache for us organisers. We hoped we would get a vast amount of people, but nothing like this. We are very grateful for the weather and it is nice to keep these traditions going,” he said.
The main benefactor of the event is the East Anglian Air Ambulance, with the proceeds of the ploughing matching going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Mr Baker added: “The majority of farmers work on their own and it is nice knowing there is a security system like the air ambulance if we need help quick.”
Around 30 heavy horses attended the show, which also included a dog show on Sunday.