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Tractor festival tribute to popular Pendle farmer
THE sister of a popular farmer who died from cancer is hoping a tractor festival in his memory will be the biggest ever.
Andrew Nutter, from Sabden Fold, died from bone cancer in 2009, aged 40.
This year’s Pendleside Vintage Tractor Run, could see 100 tractors take to the streets to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the chemotherapy unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
An array of vehicles will make their way from the Rigg of England Farm in Heights Road, Fence, through the countryside from 5.30pm on August 17. They will navigate through Newchurch-in-Pendle, Barley, Sabden Fold, Higham, Wheatley Lane, Barrowford, Blacko, Roughlee and Noggarth.
His sister Laura Standring and his best friend Philip Sanderson have organised the event, now in its fifth year.
Laura said: “We love the fact that the tractor run isn’t only a charity fundraiser, it’s a coming together of the farming community and local people.
“We’ve been delighted to see how the event has grown over the past few years and fingers crossed this will be the biggest yet.”
For Laura there is extra motivation for this year’s event after her mother-in-law, Anne, passed away earlier this year at Pendleside Hospice aged 52. The hospice will also receive a donation from this year’s event, which will be sponsored by Padgetts Plumbers of Leeds Road, Nelson.
Last year’s parade raised £4,000.
Dan Hill, East Lancashire fundraising coordinator for the charity, said: “This is a fantastic family event, with more people turning out each year to witness the spectacle of the tractor procession.
“We’d like to thank Laura and Phil for all their hard work and support, all of which will benefit local cancer patients and their families.”
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