Glenluce Vintage Tractors held their annual rally in Lady Stair Park on Sunday 5th June in most beautiful weather. The tractor and stationary engine numbers had once again increased with a good number of new local entrants.
The sunshine brought a record crowd to see the entertainment which featured the Mighty Smith a world and UK champion specially sponsored by RES. He bent nails with his teeth, tore up telephone books and held up a chair with someone sitting on it with his mouth. He also had a tug of war with the children and then challenged anyone to beat him at lifting the heavy weight.
The Frilly Ghillie from Stoneykirk demonstrated the art of deer stalking which was enjoyed by the spectators.
Other entertainment included the Lochryan award winning Pipe Band and little and large Threshing Mills which were running on display.
The See-Saw competition sponsored by Douglas Engineers Ltd was won by Ewan Logan who received The Roy McKie Perpetual Silver Salver. Linda Goad won the ladies section which was new this year and sponsored by Brian Miskimmin, Old Luce Garage. Guessing the weight of a Fordson E27N P6 was won by Alex McClelland, New Luce proceeds from this competition went to Glenluce Cubs and was sponsored by Shire Agri-Hires.
For the kids we had the Road Runner road show, coins in the shavings scramble for two different age groups, bouncy castle & slide, also sand painting which proved to be popular.
Maggie’s Kitchen did the usual roaring trade of selling soup, filled rolls, cakes etc. and the committee are grateful to Maggie and her band of willing helpers for providing and serving the food. Proceeds this year will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support, Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes and Bowel Cancer Research.
Approximately sixty tractors set off on the ten mile coastal run with a welcome stop for an ice cream at Auchenmalg Hall.
Thanks go to all who provided and contributed to the raffle which is a great benefit to our days running costs.
Ken McKie, chairman, was delighted with the turnout of both tractors and spectators. He would like to thank everyone for their attendance, the sponsors for supporting us each year and the committee and helpers for all their hard work before and after the event.
RES’ Development Manager, Carolyn Wilson, said: “We know from working closely with the communities in this area for a number of years just how popular the Glenluce Vintage Tractor Rally has become. It has been hugely successful at drawing in visitors to the area as well as raising money for good causes. We were therefore delighted to be major sponsor of the rally for the first time this year.
“My father, who is a big tractor enthusiast came with me on Sunday and he thoroughly enjoyed himself and the event proved to be a big success.”