Annual Plough Day celebrates its landmark 25th anniversary in style

PUBLISHED: 16:46 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:46 15 September 2015

Brampton Plough Day and Country Fayre 2015.  Picture: James Bass

Brampton Plough Day and Country Fayre 2015. Picture: James Bass

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Classic cars, traditional ploughing competitions, heavy horses and a range of farming activities kept hundreds of spectators entertained at one of the region's most popular late summer events.

Fun for all the family was on offer at the annual Brampton Plough Day and Country Fayre on Sunday, as the event celebrated its 25th anniversary in style.

An appreciative audience enjoyed the traditional ploughing contest – which sees vintage tractors plough a strip of land before judges award

trophies for each category – while displays of farming equipment from days gone by evoked memories from yester-year.

With threshing demonstrations and a heavy horse demonstration, there were also stationary engines, steam engines and vintage cars all on display, while children were delighted by a novelty dog show, Andy the Clown and a fun fair.


Dennis Page, from the Brampton Plough Day committee, was delighted with how the day went.

He said: “We know we had more numbers than last year, as we filled the car park. It was quite cold at first, but later as the weather improved to our favour, lots of people started arriving. There must have been more than 750 people (in attendance).”

Mr Page added: “The committee were thrilled with how the day went – it goes from strength to strength.”

The plough day helped to raise funds for two worthy causes – the Waveney Stardust charity, which provides local boat trips to elderly and disabled people, and the Louise Hamilton Palliative Care Centre at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.

The Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums, Lowestoft Signing Choir and Lowestoft Dog Agility Team all performed on the day, along with Lowestoft model boats and live music on stage from the Jive Bunny’s.

Craft stalls and exhibits aplenty also formed a popular part of the fayre, which was held – by kind permission of Sotterley Estate – on the fields behind the old Brampton dog pub.

With more than 20 stalls and a “vast number” of trophies handed out during the day, those who attended left positive feedback and the stallholders “were all happy,” with how this year’s event


One of the highlights was an American prairie tractor pulling a prairie plough, demonstrated by Roger Desborough, who owns an extensive collection of vintage and classic tractors and is based in Suffolk.

Dennis Page, from the Brampton Plough Day committee, said: “It was massive, and actually working. Roger demonstrated his prairie tractor with plough, which created lots of attention – it was fantastic to see something like that.”

All the entries received a pin badge this year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the popular event.

On the day, seven main trophies and three runners up trophies were presented in the various categories of the traditional ploughing competition.

And the final award this year – the Brampton Challenge Shield – went to the stationary engines.

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