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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show

A RETIRED farmer who was reunited with his tractor after decades apart, showed off his old workmate at the return of a popular country show.

After two years of cancellations, hundreds of visitors flocked to Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show on Saturday.

The weather stayed mercifully dry for the 127th annual event at West Park, Broughton.

And George Kirkbride, 73, from Broughton, had plenty of reason to welcome the show’s return.

Mr Kirkbride picked up a respectable fifth place in the vintage vehicles competition, after being reunited with his trusty 1950s Nuffield DM4 engine tractor – 33 years after he sold it.

He said: “I bought it 40 years ago and I had it about seven years. I sold it in Barrow and that was the last I saw of it.

“About three years ago my son James bought a tractor from someone in Askam. I was helping out at his farm, Wallenrigg, and I saw it there and said that’s my tractor!”

“It was mine 40 years ago and it came back. It’s amazing. I bought it back off my lad and cleaned it up; I have even been ploughing with it since.”

“It reminds you of what you used to do all those years ago.

First place in the vintage vehicles contest was Alan Shepherd of Hawkshead, with a 1940s Ferguson TEA tractor.

Elsewhere at the show, visitors were treated to an array of prize livestock, machinery and produce, putting the best of local agriculture in the shop window.

Robert Withnell, 18, from Grange, was visiting the show with friends.

He said: “A lot of these kind of shows can be a bit tacky but this one is more in keeping with traditional country values.

“The dogs and the horse were really good.”

Maureen Sims, 58, and Roger Sims, 63, were visiting the area from the Isle of Man.

Mrs Sims said: “We’re not from a farming background ourselves but it’s great to see all the animals – and the craft tent was very good.

Benefiting from a chance to engage with the public was Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team.

Team member Chris Gill said: “It’s just a good chance to let people know what we do.

“A lot of people think we get paid and they are surprised to know we are volunteers.

“It’s a lot easier standing here in the sun than climbing a mountain in the rain at 3am!”

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