Farmers head to Westhoughton for region's biggest ploughing competition
FARMERS from far and wide descended on Westhoughton for the region’s biggest ploughing competition.
Organisers had been worried about the weather but the rain held off and allowed for what organisers described as a “smashing” day.
The contest at Brinsop Hall Farm, off the A6, saw entrants compete in a number of different categories including classic ploughs, under-18s and novices.
This was the fifth event to be held in Bolton after Blackrod town councillor and former farmer, Graham Farrington, revived the competition following a 50-year break.
And he was delighted with the event.
He said: “It was an absolutely smashing day and the weather was beautiful in the end — most importantly it was dry.
“There was a brilliant atmosphere and people came from all over. I spoke to one man who had driven his tractor all the way from Altrincham, which will have taken some time.
“There was a good standard of ploughing — people don’t realise what a difficult skill it is so it is good to have something that shows off people’s abilities.”
There were a number of different winners on the day including Cllr Farrington’s son, Craig, aged 41, who picked up top prize in the vintage hydraulic class.
There were also prizes for best novice — Darren Kirkham from Blackrod, top youngster — Matthew Webster from Bickerstaffe and Harold Daintith, from Leigh, who came top of the pile in the Ferguson class.
But the big winner on the day was Paul Higginson from Pilling who took home the classic class trophy and was also voted top overall ploughman.
All the money raised on the day will be donated to the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team.
Cllr Farrington said: “They provide a great service and I think a lot of people don’t realise all the work they actually do — so we are hoping to have a decent amount to give to them.”
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