PHOTOS: Farmer Christmas Tractor Run

Decorated tractors twinkled and lit up the evening sky as the Farmer Christmas Tractor Run raised funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and Kilham Playing Fields Association (KPFA).

The spectacular display saw 125 vehicles decorated with Christmas lights set off from the base of main sponsor Wilfred Scruton Ltd in Foxholes and meander their way through Langtoft, Kilham, Rudston, Burton Fleming, Thwing and Wold Newton before returning to Foxholes to finish at the field at Foxholes Community Hall.

There was a chance for people to view the tractors and enjoy Christmas activities and refreshments before the tractors set off and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed at the Community Hall field for people to see the helicopter up close and chat to the crew.

Santa also made a special visit, courtesy of North Wolds Lions, with excited children visiting him on his sleigh to tell them what is at the top of their wish list this Christmas and Bite into British, supported by Pockmor and Anna’s Happy Kitchen, served hot pork sandwiches to spectators who eagerly awaited the start of the run.

Crowds of people lined the route to cheer on the tractors as they passed through the villages and put their donations in the charity buckets along the way.

The event was organised by KPFA and secretary Nicola Knaggs thanked everyone for their support.

She said: “It was another spectacular event and I can’t thank everyone enough for all their support.

“The farmers made a massive effort decorating their tractors and I think we had even more lights and decorations than last year.

“We awarded prizes for the top three decorated tractors with first place going to Andy Bewell, second to Ben Clappison and third place to Luke Brignall.

“This year we had a broader range of vehicles take part including lorries, a gritter, a tractor with snow plough, a sprayer and smaller buggies.

“We are still counting up the money raised. We had over 100 volunteers and 86 marshal points with online fundraising QR codes and 50 buckets for YAA along the route.

“It is a massive team effort to put on this event and my heartfelt appreciation goes to everyone who has been involved.

“To all the tractor drivers; the huge group of volunteers and people in every village who gave up their time to help, and our sponsors, because we could not put of these events without the support of local businesses.

“Wilfred Scruton Ltd was our main sponsor and hosted the event; Boarcross Ltd and Lilly’s Plumbing provided the hog roast supper for the drivers; Great Driffield Radio covered the event; Grimme provided goodie bags for the top three best decorated tractors; Richard Hayton Transport Ltd provided the escort; The Old Star and Fab Medics.

“And despite the weather, thank you to everyone who came out along the route to support us.

“We have received so many supportive messages from people and in these difficult times it is nice to be able to celebrate something which brings the community together and gives joy in so many different ways.”

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