Tractor treat for Bank Holiday onlookers through Saddleworth’s villages

The tractor rally (picture thanks to Helen Taylor)

ORGANISERS plan to make the Saddleworth Tractor Rally an annual event after the success of its Bank Holiday Monday run through the villages.

The rally, featuring 28 tractors, including one 1948 vintage model, raised £911.84 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of Greenfield, Uppermill, Dobcross, Delph and Diggle to watch the procession as it travelled from and back to the Church Inn.

The machinery, owned by a mixture of farmers and tractor enthusiasts, then went on display at the pub on Running Hill Gate.

The rally attracted tractors from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire as well as Saddleworth, with one exhibitor driving from Chesterfield.

“Last year we held an event at the White Lion in Delph which attracted about eight or nine tractors,” said a rally spokesperson.

“After that we thought we would raise the profile and attract more vehicles if we organised ourselves which is when we formed the Saddleworth Tractor Group.

“We will definitely be running the rally again next year on the same Bank Holiday weekend, though we might put it back to the Sunday.

“We had one or two complaints about traffic issues, especially when one of the tractors broke down.

“But overall everyone was very supportive and the kids loved the tractors.

“We’re raising money for a great cause and hopefully it’s another good event for Saddleworth.

“We’d like to thank the Church Inn for their support. They provided food for the drivers and at a time when a lot of places charge, they let us have everything for free which was a great gesture.”

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