The Yorkshire Vintage Association, organisers of the annual Tractor Fest at Newby Hall, has donated £750 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides a life-saving rapid response emergency service 365 days a year to 5 million people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire. It costs £12,000 a day to keep the helicopters maintained and in the air.
Brian Chester, a member of the Yorkshire Vintage Association and organiser of Tractor Fest, said: “We are very pleased to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the fantastic work carried out by its team of pilots, paramedics and doctors every day.
“Many of our members are farmers and the rural community benefits greatly from the service they provide.”
Olivia Mulligan, North Yorkshire community fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “We would like to thank the Yorkshire Vintage Association for their very generous donation of £750 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This will help greatly towards the vital funding of our service and help us continue saving lives across Yorkshire.”
Tractor Fest is the largest outdoor Tractor festival in the UK. It takes place at Newby Hall near Ripon on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June.
This year the event will commemorate the end of World War II and have a 1940s theme. There will be displays of vintage tractors from the era, including the Fordson N tractor – ‘the tractor that won the war’ and was widely used by the RAF for plane towing, as well as by the Women’s Land Army.
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also fly a Lancaster Bomber over Newby Hall on both days of Tractor Fest.
Tractor Fest celebrates all things tractor, showcasing both vintage and modern marques, cars, lorries, stationary engines, crawlers and motorcycles from around the UK and abroad.
The annual two-day festival attracts more than 12,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibits. On the evening of Saturday 8, vintage engines will take part in a tractor run, passing through Ripon before heading back to Newby.