Festive tractor parade at Clabby Church


Some of the organisers of the Christmas tractor run at St. Margaret's Parish Church Clabby.

The farming community around Clabby got into the festive mood on Saturday when the annual Christmas tractor run was held to raise funds for St.Margaret's Parish Church.

The event would not be complete without the tractor drivers dressed in Santa hats or in some cases a complete Santa outfit.

The tractors leave the church car park for the 23-mile fundraising run.

Welcoming the drivers to the Parish Hall car park was Rector, Canon Maurice Armstrong, who said the event has been running for a number of years despite the weather. Most of the tractors on parade were modern vehicles with heated cabs!

David Wilson in festive mood with Kenny Farrell with Kenny's Massey Ferguson 342 tractor.

The tractor run left the hall after drivers were given a warm cup of tea and headed on a 23-mile route via Fivemiletown, Brookeborough, Maguiresbridge, Tempo and back to the hall again.

Several motorcyclists acted as outriders at the head of the parade of vehicles followed by Ronnie Coulter in his New Holland T6050 with a sign announcing the fundraising venture.

The co-ordinator of the event was Jim Monteith, driving a 1953 David Brown 25D which will in future be driven by his grandson, Sam Robinson.

One of the tractors on parade at St. Margaret's Parish Church Clabby.

The line-up of tractors leave the parish hall at the beginning of their road run.