Tractors chug along in honour of Louise

Tractors of all shapes and sizes took to the roads of the Ribble Valley this weekend to honour the memory of a former Clitheroe Young Farmer.

Monday, 14th May 2018, 1:16 pm
Updated Monday, 14th May 2018, 1:21 pm
Louise's family, friends and supporters at the Clitheroe Young Farmers tractor run. (s)

Louise Hartley lost her battle to a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2016, at the age of 24.

She was a journalist at the Farmers Guardian and a supporter of the Lancashire Holstein Young Breeders Club. Her friends at Clitheroe Young Farmers Club organised a charity tractor run and were delighted with the “amazing” turnout.

Tractors paraded through Chatburn, Grindleton, West Bradford, Waddington, Waddington Fell, Cowark, passing Louise’s home farm in Bashall Eaves which was decorated with ribbons and balloons, before retuning back to the auction. Refreshments were available before and after the run.

Tractors of all shapes and sizes take to the roads

Commenting on the success of the event, one of the main organisers and a Clitheroe Young Farmer, Hazel Stansfield, said: “It was the biggest an amazing event of its kind in Clitheroe with more than 75 tractors entering and raising over £2,200. Hundreds of members of the public turned out as well which was lovely to see. We only had one breakdown ...typical that it was a young farmer member, Harry Collinge!

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped out and supported the run. It went so well that we are looking to hold another one next year!

“Every credit goes out to the organisers and stewards. The day really hit home to myself and the rest of the Clitheroe YFC members, with it being in memory of Louise. It was an honour to organise this in memory of her, driving past her farm with all the balloons and family cheering and waving was extremely moving.

“Once again, a big thank you to everyone who took part and helped raise money for a deserving cause.”

Balloons outside Louise's farm in Bashall Eaves
Roger Stansfield, Hazel Stansfield and Robert Redmayne
Louise Hartley (picture courtesy of the Farmers Guardian)