Farmers pull together to help Somerset flood victims

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

THE farming community of Wickwar and Chipping Sodbury turned out en masse in tractors at the weekend to raise funds for the Somerset flood victims.

Organised by Pincots Farm in Wickwar, the tractor run on Sunday raised more than £1,300 to help people on the Somerset Levels affected by the continuing bad weather and rising flood water.

More than 50 farmers drove their tractors in a slow convoy from Wickwar to Chipping Sodbury, along St John’s Way to Old Sodbury and back again.

Participants were all asked to make a £15 donation to take part and local shops and businesses sponsored the tractor run bringing the total raised to £1,301 with further donations still being made.

Organiser Scarlett Marsh, of Pincots Farm, said: “The idea was to help our fellow farmers and it was an absolute success.

“We had a staggering 50 tractors, 10 Land Rovers and six horses attend.

“The event wouldn't have been possible without all the kind donations we received, to name a few Tesco Extra Yate which sponsored the food, Ian's Fruit and Veg and Wickwar Brewery.

“We all had fun whilst raising money for such a worthy cause, not to mention the fact that the sun shone for us.”

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