Thresher is star attraction at tractor rally

The Thresher which will feature at the Glenluce Tractor Rally
The Thresher which will feature at the Glenluce Tractor Rally

Once again Lady Stair Park Glenluce will echo to the sounds of tractor engines as enthusiasts gather for the 2014 Glenluce Tractor Rally on Sunday June 1st .

As usual there will be vintage and classical tractors tractors on display ranging in age from the 1930s to the early 1980s.

But this year the featured exhibit is not a tractor but a Garvie Thresher Mill. This particular “Thresher” is of special interest to locals. This machine was once the property of the late Alex Clanachan of Corner House, Lochans. Alex ran the machine until the early sixties when he switched to a combine in his contracting business.

In retirement the “pink” machine was a familiar sight sitting next to Alex’s house in Lochans before being sold onto to a machinery collector in the central belt. Now the property of David Shaw of Sorn it is making a welcome return to Wigtownshire.

There will be some familiar entertainment at the Rally. Popular Irish Country Singer Stephen Beckett is making a return visit, as is a Wigtownshire Dog Agility Group. But there are also some new items; a Tractor See-Saw Competition in memory of the late Roy McKie for which the winner will be awarded a silver salver and £50, a “Guess the Price of an Old Tractor when New Competition”, run in aid of Glenluce Cubs funds, and aimed at the children, a “Coins in the Shavings” Scramble run by local Young Farmers. DMR Machinery Club, which aims to keep alive the Case, David Brown, International Harvester and McCormick International brands, will have a special display. Completing the entertainment are a bouncy castle, several stands and static displays.

Maggie’s Kitchen will sell refreshments on the day, and along with the profits from the show field raffle and donations for the Souvenir Programme, the money raised will be going to help support “We are MacMillan Cancer Support” and the Newton Stewart and Stranraer Cancer Drop In Centres.

Tractors will line up in Lady Stair Park from 11.30am and in the afternoon at about 1.30pm some will leave for a road run to Stairhaven and back.