Tractor parade in the Peak District as Hope Show returns

Hope Show 2010 - Vintage Tractor Parade in the grand arena
Hope Show 2010 - Vintage Tractor Parade in the grand arena
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A Peak District show is returning for another year - and its vintage tractor section has proved so popular organisers are considering restricting numbers.

The Hope Show takes place next week on Bank Holiday Monday, and tractor entries have exceeded all expectations, said secretary Jeanne Henson.

“Entries have been coming in thick and fast this year. We fear we may have to consider restricting numbers through lack of space but this will be a last resort as we are keen to encourage as many enthusiasts as possible,” said Jeanne.

This year there will be a special event for vintage tractors from Sheffield, she added.

“We have so many tractors coming from Sheffield that they are organising their own mini tractor run to travel in convoy to the show on the day.

“This will be a great spectator attraction and will add to the excitement of what is already one of the most popular events on show day.”

All tractor entrants to Hope Show are being urged to have a lady driver for the parade in honour of Hope Morris, the show’s first female president.

It will also be an opportunity to commemorate the contribution made by Land Girls during World War Two.

Each year a special type or model of tractor, or piece of agricultural equipment is highlighted at the show. This year Hope Show celebrates the 60th anniversary of the FE35, created by the then newly-formed Massey Ferguson company.

Aside from the vehicles, record entries have also been received for the sheep and cattle classes, including the new North Country Cheviot class which have as its prize the new Hope Cup.

n Gates open at 8am. Visit www.hopeshow.co.uk to buy tickets in advance.