Vintage tractor fan and farmer Bill dies (73)

Bill Wood, vintage tractor enthusiast.
Bill Wood, vintage tractor enthusiast.
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Retired poultry farmer and vintage tractor enthusiast Mr Bill Wood, formerly a well-known figure in Sawley, has died aged 73 at Manor House Nursing home, Chatburn.

Originally from a farming family at Tandle Hill, Middleton, Mr Wood moved to Sawley to breed poultry at historic Southport House for the Moy Park company. He continued for 25 years until his retirement more than 10 years ago.

He had a passion for vintage farm machinery, and was a founder of the Ribble Valley Vintage Club in the 1980s. His favourites were Ferguson tractors and Ferguson system machinery, and he travelled to agricultural shows and fairs as far afield as Cumbria, Lincolnshire and Worcester to demonstrate them. Old Fordsons were also among his collection.

“Vintage machines were his passion, and it’s surprising how many of the young generation knew him because of them,” said son Richard.

While at Sawley, he helped keep the village tidy by cleaning up and mowing the verges in his own time.

After retiring from the poultry business, Mr Wood went to live in Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe.

A widower, he is survived by daughters Sara and Ruth, and sons Richard and Philip.

He will be cremated at Accrington on Monday, August 17th, and the family have requested donations in his memory to Ribble Valley Heart Fund, c/o Lorna Taylor, Pendleside Medical Practice, Clitheroe Health Centre, Railway View Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2JG.