HAVING celebrated his 78th birthday the previous day, Straid ploughman Tom Clyde rolled back the years, capturing the Championship of the Field as Ballynure Vintage Tractor Ploughing Society held its 14th annual match on the lands of Ernest and June Porter, Trenchill Road, Ballyeaston.
The event attracted the usual good turnout of competitors.
It was also the third year of the prestigious Thomas Beattie Memorial Trophy, which previously had gone to the best work by a David Brown, then a Ford tractor. This time it was the turn of the International tractors, picked up by Frankie Davidson, Raloo Village.
The judges were Brian McNally, Portaferry, William Purcell, Limavady, Cecil Wray, Killylea, Armagh, and Brian O’Neill, Moy.
The stewards were Bertie Wilson (chief), Bertie McIlroy and David Lyle.
Chairman Allen McAnally expressed thanks to the Porter family for the use of their lands; the sponsors, judges, stewards, competitors; Jacksons Butchers and Bakers, Ballynure, for supplying stew, baps and pastries, caterers and everyone who had helped to make this 14th annual match a success.
n Secretary Murray Elliott announced the following winners who received their awards from Lynsey and Rosie Porter.