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Ploughing headlong into a blast from the past.

ORGANISERS of a North East event ploughed a nostalgic furrow to entertain visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Friends of Ferguson Heritage Working Weekend began on Saturday at Vallum Farm on the Military Road west of Newcastle, near Hadrian's Wall. The theme this year was the evolution of the Ferguson System from 1922 to the present day.

The timeline began with the spectacle of majestic Shire horses and mighty oxon as they worked the land in ploughing displays and demonstrations.

After the work of these animals came the first hand-lift plough and the development of hydraulic lift ploughing.

Vintage tractors were also on show, along with horticultural displays, dealer stands, refreshments and plenty of entertainment for children. Event organiser David Ord said: "This is a totally different experience from a county or local show. It offers visitors the only live working demonstrations in the area."

An annual event for 21 years, it has been linked with the Moffitt family who have owned Vallum since the 1970s.


| James Bell on a vintage |tractor and plough at the Vallum Farm Heritage day in Wallhouses, Northumberland

Luke Hill on a vintage tractor and plough IAIN BUIST

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2015
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