Threshing day signals end of vintage season

MCKIBBINS THRESHING RI Farm
n Andy Moore with his stationary engine.

THE traditional end of the local vintage season again turned out to be one of the highlights of the year, and with weather conditions ideal, especially for the first Saturday in November. There was the usual large attendance at the annual Threshing Day at McKibben Brothers, Killyless Road, Cullybackey.

And there was plenty for the crowds to see: a large array of vintage cars, tractors, lorries, motorcycles, steam and stationary engines. There were also blacksmith, stonebreaker and threshing demonstrations, while another big attraction was the lawnmower racing.

Inside, away from the mud, there were refreshments, plus entertainment from the inimitable Willie Drennan, Philip Strange and Hamilton’s Few.

The proceeds were in aid of the Diamond Primary School, whose Principal Mark Beattie thanked all the organisers, exhibitors, artists, caterers and everyone who helped in any way.

There was a special link, too, in that John McKibben’s daughter Emma is a Primary 1 teacher at the school – and in these days of diminishing budgets, the money raised will prove invaluable.

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