Grand Parade of Tractors
Around 100 tractors are set to rumble through Lauder High Street on Sunday 5 November having set off from Thirlestane Castle.
This 'Grand Parade of Tractors' is being supported by farmers, tractor drivers and enthusiasts from all across the Scottish Borders and beyond and aims to raise funds for Doddie Weir's foundation to fund research into Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Come and support the parade as it passes through Lauder and then come down and view the tractors parked up at the castle afterwards.
Grab a roadside view in the town centre around 11:15 and when the tractors return at 13:00 you can get up close within the castle grounds.
Parade organiser, Ross Montague, of Blackburn, Lauder explains more about the event, which has received sponsorship from rural insurers, NFU Mutual:
“2017 has been marred by the loss of Peter Fullerton a retired local farmer to MND. We also learned earlier in the summer of the news that local farmer, Doddie Weir, is suffering from MND.”
“The Grand Parade of Tractors is a way for the farming community and local people to show our support for those affected by MND, including their families, and hopefully also to raise funds to help combat this horrific disease.”
“This promises to be quite a spectacle for the public, so I hope we will see a good crowd on the street as the parade passes through the town. There will be tractors from vintage, right through to brand new top of the range giants paraded by the local agricultural machinery dealers.”
“Afterwards, when the parade returns to Thirlestane Castle, and the tractors are all safely parked up, there will be a chance for the public to meet the tractors and support our fundraising raffle.”
“We were blown away, last week, by the generosity of a local farmer who has donated a vintage John Deere Model A, which will be auctioned after the parade and hopefully give a great boost to the fundraising.”
There will be temporary diversions placed on the A68 from around 1030 – 1200 on Sunday and then again around 1300. There may also be delays in and around Lauder, Langshaw and Blainslie from 0900 until 1600 with tractors arriving, the parade taking place and then tractors leaving from Thirlestane at the close of the event.