The weather was extremely good on Sat. 9th Sep. for Widecombe Fair. Once again, stalwarts Val Barns, Derek Collins and Keith & Berni Ryan started setting up at 8.00 am on this fine morning.

The DPA stand in action.

The DPA stand in action.

Without going into details, see who our neighbours were – a cake stand, again, as at the previous show at Lustleigh!

"This is how we sell the books ......"

“This is how we sell the books ……”

The day went very well, despite being allocated a site near the entrance where people were more keen to get further into the show than perhaps to stop and buy merchandise right after entering. However, the DPA volunteers did a sterling job again in “flying the flag”, talking about conservation and raising funds for the cause. 

The view looking down the show ground from the DPA stand.

The view looking down the show ground from the DPA stand.

The photographs here were taken quite late in the day after the crowds had thinned out and the sun was getting low. This shows the proxinity of the village with the pinnacles of St. Pancras church tower rising skywards.

Widecombe church tower.

Widecombe church tower.

Zoomed view of the tower – the church is often called the “Cathedral-of-the-Moor” because of it’s 120-foot tower and relatively large size for a fairly small village.

The parade of the vintage tractors.

The parade of the vintage tractors.

Being from a family of farmers, I (KR) have to watch the old tractors …….

A Ferguson tractor.

A Ferguson tractor.

Look – a “Fergie” i.e. Ferguson; I remember driving one for my uncle in the winter of 1962/1963 while he stood behind me, scattering hay to the cows in a field near the manor house: this was during the big freeze of 1962/1963.

The Ransomes crawler tractor took First Prize!

The Ransomes crawler tractor took First Prize!

My favourite, the Ransomes crawler tractor: this year he took 1st Prize, “quite right, too” – you can see the cup in front of the steering brakes. My father had one of these after the main farm moved away from horses and over to machines, dad had to buy his own smaller tractors for his land and greenhouses. If you want to see more of this fantastic old tractor, with it’s normal (super) sound, click HERE (if you “mouse” over the movie and click the icon at bottom right, you can more or less get a full screen image; click Esc to return to normal view)..