Tractor power!

Tractor run to Cleethorpes for charity. Pictured is Andrew Jacklin.
Tractor run to Cleethorpes for charity. Pictured is Andrew Jacklin.

No-one likes getting stuck behind a tractor on the road - but 11 of the classic vehicles are currently travelling in a convoy from Blackpool to Cleethorpes on the east coast.

However other motorists will hopefully be happy to wait - for the drivers are raising thousands of pounds for a children’s charity.

They gathered in St John’s Square before setting off from North Pier yesterday on their 250 mile journey to Cleethorpes Pier.

But with an average speed of around eight miles an hour, they expect to be in their seats for seven or eight hours a day to complete 60 miles a day in order to reach their destination on Sunday.

Andrew Jacklin, who is taking part, said: “It will be tough going because we are open to the elements but we expect to raise in excess of £10,000 for the Wish Upon A Star charity so it will all be worthwhile.

“We have organised a tractor run for the past 10 years but this year wanted to do something big and came upon the idea of a pier to pier run from Blackpool to Cleethorpes, and we have had a great send off from people in Blackpool.”

The group, who are from Lincolnshire, will call in at five former British tractor manufacturing sites en-route to the east coast.