Blessing for plough and tractor

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ST Edmundsbury Cathedral continued to sow the seeds for rural tradition when a plough and tractor were blessed.

The event ,on the cathedral green, in Bury St Edmunds, was held to mark Plough Sunday and give thanks to the farming community.

Traditionally, Plough Sunday – the first Sunday after the Epiphany– was set aside to bless the machinery before ploughing started in preparation for the sowing of the crops.

The blessing was held following a service of Choral Evensong at the cathedral.

Canon Sally Fogden, agricultural chaplain for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: “It seemed appropriate to use the Sunday to give thanks to Suffolk’s farming community.

“There are always challenges in the world of agriculture and we hope and pray that 2012 will be a prosporous year for this vital industry.”