Record entrants for ploughing match in Ketton

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A ploughing match in Ketton on Saturday attracted record numbers.

The Rutland Ploughing Match takes place each year and although organisers do not know exactly when it first started there were more entrants than ever this year.

More than 90 ploughmen took part in the event and travelled from all over the area and beyond to take part.

There were six teams of horses which drew in the crowds to the event which was held in fields belonging to farmer Monty Andrew opposite Hanson Cement in Ketton.

Committee member Edward Griffin of Main Street, Carlby, said: “It was a good day. The weather was alright and that attracted crowds who always come to see the horses. It is a great family event because it is free. People come along and they stay all day or they stay for 10 minutes to see the horses or the tractors.”

Mr Griffin, who represented England in the European ploughing competition in France in the summer, says there has definitely been an increased interest in ploughing over the last few years, attracting more and more ploughmen each year.

He said: “The interesting thing about it is most of the ploughmen are nothing to do with agriculture in their day jobs.

“It’s just a relatively cheap hobby and people are becoming more interested in vintage machinery.”