THERE was a traffic stopping treat for tractor lovers of all ages as the annual Bluebell Run made a welcome return.

Organised by the North Cotswold Tractor Club and Moreton Show, the Bluebell Run took to the roads of the north Cotswolds last weekend.

In all, 64 vehicles of all shapes, sizes and ages were part of the convoy that completed a 28-mile route that took in Charlton Abbots, Syreford, Guiting Power, the Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Woods, Hailes Abbey and Winchcombe.

The convoy kept mainly to country lanes, estate roads and farm tracks and there were three fords to cross in Kineton, just to keep things interesting for spectators and the drivers.

The low speed parade gave crowds, enjoying the good weather, the chance to admire the vehicles, and take picture and videos.

It is expected that this year’s Bluebell Run will raise £1,450 for Cancer Research UK.

The North Cotswold Tractor Club award for the best tractor on parade went to Steve Hannis, from Cranham near Birdlip, who drove his 1966 John Deere 420.

The 96-horsepower tractor originally came to the UK from the USA, where it was the biggest and most advanced tractor of its time, with eight forward gears and power steering.

Mr Hannis said: "The Bluebell Run is all about a great day for a ride around with your mates and raising money for a good cause."

There will be more vintage tractors on parade at Moreton Show, which this year is being held on Saturday, September 7.

Tickets are now on sale. For more details about that event, and to purchase tickets, visit

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