Seventy to compete in ploughing match

MORE than 70 ploughmen will take part in a traditional ploughing match on the outskirts of Bramham later this month.

The annual event, organised by Tadcaster and District Ploughing Society, has become an institution with competitors determined to keep a centuries-old custom alive.

County Champion Roger Ingham, who will represent North Yorkshire at the British Ploughing Championships at Penrith next weekend, said ploughing matches still had a big following.

"It's important to keep the old traditions alive," said Mr Ingham.

"Ploughing matches have had a place in village life for hundreds of years and events like this are part of the country way of life."

Bramham Park estate has designated one of its fields for the society's 15th annual ploughing match to be held on Saturday October 25 from 10am to 3pm. For more information contact Mr Ingham on 01937 531532.