Festive farmers raise spirits with Christmas tractor conveys

Monday, December 06th, 2021

Festive farmers from right across the country are doing their best to raise spirits this year with Christmas tractor conveys more popular than ever.

A Christmas convey of near 100 tractors draped in fairy lights, tinsel and twinkling LEDs will, once again, hit the streets of Merseyside to help raise funds for a local hospital.

The fleet of festive farm vehicles will be bringing Christmas cheer on 19 December, in the spirit of supporting Alder Hey Hospital, and there are big hopes that this year fundraising will surpass the £43,000 raised in 2020.

The event is organised by local farmer Olly Harrison, who was inspired by a similar event that took place on the Isle of Man. He initially set a target of £5,000 but his efforts exceeded this by 800% such was the generosity and appreciation.

Tractors, once again are expected to be adorned with prancing reindeers and shimmering snowmen.

Over in Staffordshire, a Christmas convey, complete with inflatable Santas and rotating Christmas tree, saw over 100 festive tractors come out in support of raising funds for the Staffordshire Young Farmers Club, and also Midlands Air Ambulance.

They traveled the 20-mile route through the villages of Blithbury, Hamstall Ridware, Hill Ridware, Colton, over Blithfield Reservoir and into Abbots Bromley in aid of charity.

Christmas tractor runs have become a festive favourite in other parts of the country too, with more and more springing up to delight local communities. The latest one we have heard of is the now annual tractor run in the small Irish village of Baila, which has a parade of over 50 tractors.

Residents are calling it the ‘highlight’ of their year… except of course when they get stuck behind one, without Christmas lights, when festive spirit is not so high.

Other tractor runs scheduled into the Christmas calendar for 2021 include those in Spalding, Wexford, Bicester, Banbury, North Warwickshire, Ashbourne, Dorcester, Tewkesbury and Brackley; many of which are hosted by the local branch of the Young Farmers Clubs and agricultural societies.

If you aware aware of other Festive Tractor Parades not listed above, please drop an email to andrew@muddymatches.co.uk and we’ll be happy to give you some extra spotlight.

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