Farmer Barry, 72, finishes 755 mile charity tractor run

Farmer Barry Colson finishes 700 miles classic tractor drive ANL-160523-010017009
Farmer Barry Colson finishes 700 miles classic tractor drive ANL-160523-010017009
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Scores of people welcomed home a 72-year-old farmer as he completed a 755 mile journey at 12 miles an hour on a vintage tractor for charity.

Resplendent in a pink wig, Barry Colson, of Stone Farm, Stanningfield, rolled up onto Angel Hill on Saturday after nine days on the road from Fort William, in Scotland.

He decided to take on the challenge - his first ever fund-raiser - after he was offered the 1952 TEF 20 Ferguson tractor from his daughter’s friends in Fort William.

Mr Colson has already raised £1,400 for Cancer Research UK and £600 for the Donkey Sanctuary.

He said: “It was a really exciting trip and I enjoyed every minute of it - the people were so friendly. I was on a very steep hill and this car overtook me, the hazards lights went on and she must have been about 75 to 80 if she was a day and she gave me a £20 Scottish note.”

That was just one example of the generosity he received along the route with more than 100 donations of cash. He even received 60 to 70 litres of oil. As he approached Bury St Edmunds he was greeted by three other Ferguson tractors, which was organised by his friend John Warnes, of Lawshall. He was also welcomed by crowds of people on Angel Hill.

Initially, Mr Colson intended to sell the tractor but has grown attached to the vehicle, which he has named Naomi after a waitress he met in the Highlands.

He plans to take it to several agricultural rallies and to the Suffolk Show next week.

David Dawson, committee member of the Bury St Edmunds Action Group for Cancer Research UK, added: “We are so grateful to Barry for his hard work in supporting the charity and completing his challenge.” To donate visit www.justgiving.com/vintagetractorrun or www.justgiving.com/donkeysanctuary