Over 2,000 people gathered at Jim Butler’s farm in Rhode, near Devizes, to celebrate 100 years of the Fordson tractor. They raised more than £8,000, which will be divided between a number of charities. R.A.B.I will receive £2,500.
The event brought together around 150 tractors from the past 100 years. Event co-organiser TH White brought along an original 1917 Fordson Model F tractor. One of the famous line of blue tractors, the Model N from 1927, also made an appearance.
TH White is a supplier of agricultural machinery based in Devizes. They have been selling Fordson tractors (now known as New Holland) since 1917.
Tom Bowerman, YFC representative on R.A.B.I’s Wiltshire committee, kept the barbecue going during the event with the help of fellow Devizes YFC members. He said: “We raised £2,500 on the barbecue alone. We planned on catering for 500 people, but 2,000 turned up. We cooked a beef roast and sausages at the beginning of the day, but we ended up cooking anything we could find. We almost cleared out Morrison’s!
“It was very busy and the weather held out. We had people come down from Scotland and others flew over from Northern Ireland to see the tractors. I didn’t know so many people would be interested in the Fordson tractors.”