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Farmers take part in tractor pull

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:14 02 July 2010

Young farmers pull a tractor for 12 hours to raise money for charities

Young farmers pull a tractor for 12 hours to raise money for charities

Hundreds of young farmers took on their biggest charity challenge in a non-stop 12-hour tractor pulling marathon.

Hundreds of young farmers took on their biggest charity challenge in a non-stop 12-hour tractor pulling marathon.

Twelve Young Farmers Clubs from across the county gathered at the Royal Norfolk Showground at Costessey for the event to raise funds for three good causes.

Around 180 members of Norfolk YFC took on the 12 hour “tug-a-thon” by pulling a vintage John Deere tractor around several laps of the showground.

The young farmers are hoping to raise more than £6,000, which will be divided between the East Anglian Air Ambulance, domestic abuse charity Leeway, and Lucie's Lifesaving Project.

The charity, which was set up in memory of Norfolk YFC member Lucie Proctor, 25, of Reymerston, near Dereham, who died of heart failure in 2008, aims to raise money for hospital equipment and first aid kits.

Members took it in turns to pull the 60-year-old tractor around a half mile lap of the showground between 9am and 9pm yesterday .

Helen Reeve, organiser and Norfolk YFC county chairman, said the cool and blustery conditions were perfect for the endurance feat.

“We did a tractor pull through Norwich in 2006 and we wanted to do something similar, but over 12 hours. The support has been really good,” she said.

Donations can be made to Norfolk YFC at Easton College, the Rural Business Advice Centre, Easton, Norwich, NR9 5DX.

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