BALLYCASTLE and District Vintage Club hosted a vintage ploughing day on Saturday April 9.
The field, kindly given this year by Charles Kane, was on the Ballinlea Road, Ballycastle.
Weatherwise, Saturday morning started off very changeable with wintery showers and very cold. The chairman Nigel Evans was receiving calls from Macosquin to Strabane to enquire if the event was still on as it was snowing in places.
From 10:30am onwards the sky was blue and the sun was shining. It turned out an ideal day for the event and 14 vintage tractors started ploughing the 8 ½ acre field, some with two furrows and some three. There was a good variety of tractors taking part which included TVO, Grey Fergies, MF35, MF135, Ford Dextra, Ford 4610, David Brown, and Leyland tractors.
Junior members Darren, Ben and Sam all took part. It was a good opportunity for these young enthusiasts to be able to learn how to plough in old style tractors. There was also two young ladies turning their hand at ploughing as well.
The club also had the pleasure of two Clydesdale horses all the way from Tamlaght O’Crilly. The horses were a big attraction with the spectators, especially senior citizens and children.
A draw took place at the end of the event for the chairman’s prize, a drum of red diesel, won by Ross Eakin from Claudy.
A big thank you to all who came along and supported the event. The charity that the Club is supporting this year is Chest Heart and Stroke. The chairman Nigel would like to thank all members of the committee who helped at this event.
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