A vintage tractor rally from Blackpool Pier to Cleethorpes Pier to raise money for a charity that makes terminally ill children’s dreams come true has been organised by a CLA member in Lincolnshire.
Andrew Jacklin of Grainthorpe, near Louth, will lead 10 vintage tractors on the 160-mile trek from the north-west to the east coast in aid of When You Wish Upon a Star, as well as the Grainthorpe and Conisholme Village Association.
He and his fellow enthusiasts will leave Blackpool on Wednesday 28 May, stopping at a number of sites of former British tractor manufacturers, before arriving in Cleethorpes on Sunday 1 June.
Andrew plans to visit the former factory sites of: Bristol Tractors in Earby; Bradfords International in Howarth; David Brown in Meltham; and Marshalls in Gainsborough.
He and his colleagues are hoping up to 100 vintage and classic models will then meet them in Cleethorpes for a parade along the sea front. They will then embark on the 11th annual road run to Grainthorpe Village Hall.
“It’s the 100th anniversary of Grainthorpe Village Hall, so we wanted to do something a bit special and raise money for an important charity as well,” he said. “We always start our annual rally to Grainthorpe from a different point each year and from this we had the idea of Cleethorpes Pier – and then going from Pier to Pier.
“We are grateful for the support of the CLA and our other event sponsors, but we also want to get the public to help us fly the British flag and the flag for When You Wish Upon a Star and our local charity as high as we possibly can.”
The CLA will be supporting the event and others who wish to do the same can visit www.grainthorpe-roadrun-p2p.co.uk.