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Tractor time for Wigan and Leigh Hospice fundraiser
1:12pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
FARM tractors created a spectacle when they took to the road in a fundraising rally in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
Dozens of ancient and modern machines plus vintage cars and a double decker bus completed a tour including a visit to the Hindley hospice.
Wally Kay had a smile a mile wide as he took to the road on his tractor with a James Bond connection. His David Brown 780 built in the Meltham, West Yorkshire works which took over Leigh's famous Albion Foundry which manufactured arigultural implements, featured parts made in Leigh. The company also produced the Aston Martin super cars made famous in the 007 movies.
Pat and Mick McElchare organised their second Tractor Run in aid of the hospice, starting and finishing at Aspull Rugby Union Club where a fun event with bouncy castle, stalls and refreshments completed a great day.
Pat said: “Some of the tractors on display were new, or nearly new; there were also vintage and restored machines.
“Some of the tractors are worth many thousands of pounds with multi-functional features.
“These majestic machines are a sight to behold. Last year was the first time we had done anything of this nature and its success encouraged us to make it bigger and better’ this year.”
Maxine Armstrong, fundraising team leader at the hospice, started the parade.
She said: “There was a great atmosphere from the start, which lasted all day. The whole event was a fun-filled festival and we want to say thank you to Pat, Mick and everyone involved. Some patients, visitors and nurses came out to see them, which was a wonderful bonus.”
Mick added: “This year we decided to include the hospice in the route. It was special for us to see some patients coming out to see us. Every penny raised will be donated to the hospice.”
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