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Blue skies for the Bluebell Tractor Run

There was a traffic-stopping treat for tractor lovers of all ages on Sunday (May 12) when the Bluebell Run took to the roads of the north Cotswolds.

In all, 64 vehicles of all shapes, sizes and ages completed a 28-mile route that took in Charlton Abbots, Syreford, Guiting Power, the Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Woods, Hailes Abbey and Winchcombe, raising £1,450 for Cancer Research UK.

Organised by Moreton Show in conjunction with the North Cotswold Tractor Club, the convoy kept mainly to country lanes, estate roads and farm tracks and there were three fords to cross in Kineton, just to keep things interesting.

The North Cotswold Tractor Club award for the best tractor on parade went to Steve Hannis, from Cranham near Birdlip, who drove his 1966 John Deere 420.

The 96-horsepower tractor originally came to the UK from the USA, where it was the biggest and most advanced tractor of its time, with eight forward gears and power steering.

He said: "The Bluebell Run is all about a great day for a ride around with your mates and raising money for a good cause."

There will be more vintage tractors on parade at Moreton Show on Saturday, September 7.

Tickets are now on sale on the show website which carries all the details of this year's show.

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