This Weekend: The Wolds Festive Illuminated Charity Truck and Tractor Run Comes To Town

Excitement is building ahead of this weekend’s spectacular Wolds Festive Illuminated Charity Truck and Tractor Run, with organisers promising the event will be even bigger, brighter and louder.

Taking place on Saturday (16th December), the tractors and trucks adorned with festive lights and decorations will leave Driffield Showground at 5.30pm and make their way through Driffield and the surrounding villages.

Crowds of people lined the route last year and with their donations helped to raise almost £4,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Blood Cancer UK.

This year organisers are hoping people will once again throw their support behind the event which will raise money for Elsie’s Appeal, a fund set up to help and support 11-year-old Elsie from Driffield who was diagnosed with CLN3 Batten disease in December 2021, as well as Blood Cancer UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Bainton Young Farmers.

The truck and tractor run is being organised by Mark Roper and his partner Nicola White and her sister Carly and is being supported by Bainton & District Young Farmers Club (YFC).

The Wolds Illuminated Tractor Run

Mark, Nicola and their family from Wansford have raised thousands of pounds for Blood Cancer UK after Nicola was told she had stage 4 lymphoma in August 2020, two years after going into remission following a first diagnosis.

Following a blood stem cell transplant last year, Nicola is back in remission.

Mark said they have had a fantastic response to this year’s event.

He said: “The preparations are going really well, and we are so grateful to everyone who has come on board to support us.

“We are hoping that we can raise even more money than we did last year to support these wonderful charities and really make a difference.”

The Driffield & Wolds Weekly office will be open from 5.30pm for spectators in the town centre who would like to donate to the charity collection

The vehicles will gather at Driffield Showground again this year, where the drivers will be fed before heading out through Driffield town centre, and then onto villages including Nafferton, Wansford, Skerne, Hutton Cranswick, Southburn, Bainton, Tibthorpe, Wetwang and Garton-on-the-Wolds.

It is expected the convoy will flash their lights and blow their horns as they make their way around the route, while volunteers will be out with buckets collecting donations for the charities.

Mark added: “Following feedback from last year, we will have more volunteers out along the route with their collection buckets.

“The Driffield & Wolds Weekly office will also be open from 5.30pm for people who want to donate and miss our bucket collectors and donations can be taken in their office for the week after the run. A collection bucket will also be in the Original Keys.

“Last year we had 85 vehicles take part and we hope we can top that this year. The effort that the drivers made to put on a show was amazing and we are hoping to be even bigger, brighter and louder this year.

“We hope to raise as much money as possible for the charities and put a smile on the faces of everyone who comes out to support us.”

Wolds Illuminated Trator Run

Mark added his thanks to sponsors Robert D Webster; Matthew Watson Transport; YTS (Yorkshire Tyre Specialist); Original Keys; Robinson Contract Services; Independent Agri Parts; Farmstar; Keith Warren Installations; AMK Fuel Services; JSR Farms and Adverset.

He also added his thanks to supporters Golden Hill Farms; Bainton YFC; Driffield Showground; Dumble Farm; L&P Electrical; Beverley Ambulance Service; JNI Transport; Humberside Police Rural Task Force; The Crackling Pig; Great Driffield Radio and Driffield & Wolds Weekly.

Route and approximate timings:

  • 17.30 – Festive convoy leaves the Showground
  • 17.35 – Driffield town centre
  • 17.40 – Exchange Street
  • 17.45 – Bridlington Road
  • 17.55 – Nafferton Markman Lane
  • 18.00 – Nafferton School
  • 18.15 – Wansford
  • 18.20 – Riverhead/Frankie’s café
  • 18.25 – Skerne Road
  • 18.45 – Skerne
  • 19.00 – Hutton Cranswick
  • 19.10 – Hutton Balk
  • 19.20 – Southburn
  • 19.25 – Neswick
  • 19.35 – Bainton
  • 19.45 – Tibthorpe
  • 19.55 – Freshlands
  • 20.10 – Wetwang
  • 20.25 – Garton on the Wolds
  • 20.30 – York Road roundabout (procession ends).

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