Farming bygones at Skeyton Trosh this weekend

Michaelmass Trosh at Skeyton.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Michaelmass Trosh at Skeyton.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Vintage tractors and farm machinery will be in action for the traditional Michaelmas Trosh this weekend.

The annual event will be held at Brecks Farm, Skeyton, on Sunday September 29 between 11am-4pm.

It will feature a 1940s Ransomes threshing machine, powered by a steam engine, which will thresh vintage wheat grown on the farm.

Organiser Graham Kirk, from Aylsham, said: 'The emphasis is on action rather than vehicles being stationary. It is as much educational as it is entertaining.'

As well as the threshing, the family day will include a ploughing match and farm machinery and implements from the 1930s to the late 1960s.

Mr Kirk described the Michaelmas Trosh as a 'working history'.

He said: 'The trosh includes things from the past which are not in everyday use. People have a little glimpse and hopefully future generations can pick up the mantle and carry it on. We all feel farming has changed.'

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About 500 people enjoy the event each year and come from across Norfolk and Suffolk.

It costs £3 per adult but is free for children. Car parking is free.

People who want to bring a piece of machinery, which will be in action, will need to pay £5.

Some of the proceeds will go towards Buxton Scouts, Skeyton Village Hall and church.

Drivers should use the postcode NR10 5AW and for more details call Tom Randell on 07775 745417.

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