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Farm machines on parade at Gresham’s ‘Bring Your Tractor to School Day’

PUBLISHED: 11:27 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 25 June 2018

Tractor day at Gresham's School in Holt. Pictured are headmaster Douglas Robb and long-serving Gresham’s employee David Olby, who judged the tractor competition. Picture: Charlie Mack

Tractor day at Gresham's School in Holt. Pictured are headmaster Douglas Robb and long-serving Gresham’s employee David Olby, who judged the tractor competition. Picture: Charlie Mack

Charlie Mack

Students were given an insight into the history of agricultural engineering during a “Bring Your Tractor to School Day” in north Norfolk.

The event at Gresham’s School in Holt was organised by teacher Tim Keen as part of a programme aiming to educate pupils about food and farming, and showcase machines of all ages.

A line-up of tractors ranging from a 1950s Massey Ferguson 35 to a modern Claas Arion were parked up on the school’s parade ground.

Headmaster Douglas Robb said: “We are delighted to be able to hold this event to celebrate what our Norfolk families do for the food industry. The event has proved popular across the school and will hopefully help generate interest in the wealth of careers that can be found in the agricultural sector.”

Also part of the parade were a collection of model tractors with prizes awarded for best tractor and best model tractor.

The event was held during a week when Year 11 pupils were also taken to nearby Hempstead Hall farm, where they learned about sustainable food production and wildlife conservation in a tour led by farmer Charlie Mack, who is also a teacher at the school.

The group of pupils is also heading to the Royal Norfolk Show this week to further their understanding of food production and the importance of agriculture for Norfolk communities.

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