‘Bigger and better’ festive tractor run returns to roads ...

FESTIVE tractors will be making their way round the island once again for the Guernsey Christmas Tractor Run.

Three of the organisers, left to right, Matthew Spruce, Ben Le Page and Peter Reddall, before the start of last year’s festive tractor run. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 31535881)
Three of the organisers, left to right, Matthew Spruce, Ben Le Page and Peter Reddall, before the start of last year’s festive tractor run. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 31535881)

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the organisers are back and preparing an event even bigger and better on Saturday 17 December.

‘We’ve got another big crazy event in the works and it’s going to be bigger and better than last year,’ said Ben Le Page, one of the organisers.

‘We’re planning a bigger and longer run, and are adding an extra stretch towards Pleinmont.’

The event was inspired last year by a Facebook video from an off-island event, which was shared to a local group and the preparations commenced.

More than 35 tractors covered in Christmas lights and festive decorations entered the parade and organisers are hoping for even more.

‘Last year we thought it was a lot to ask for 10 tractors to turn up, but there ended up being over 30, so this year I’d like to see 50,’ said Mr Le Page.

‘I had reindeer antlers on my bonnet and it would be great to see lots of lights and Santas around.’

The route will start from Les Beaucamps, heading towards the coast road. The exact route will be confirmed soon.

There will be separate parking areas for tractors and the public.

Tractors will start arriving from 5pm, and should be there by 5.45pm at the latest. People can view from 5.20pm. The run should start at 6pm.

Any tractor owners looking to take part should get in touch with the organisers via Facebook.

After the support received by the community at last year’s event, this year the Guernsey Christmas Tractor Run is raising money for Wigwam, so Mr Le Page asks that everyone entering a tractor pays £10 towards the cause.

. The Guernsey event will take place on Saturday 17 December. Donations can be made via giving.gg at https://bit.ly/3Bfm7uJ

... and Sark plans to have its own version

SARK tractor owners have been inspired to hold their own festive tractor run.

Headed by Jimmy Martin, of Jimmy’s Carting, details are in the works for a festive version of the Sark Tractor Mania, which was filmed by Channel 5 back in February when more than 50 tractors participated.

‘I saw the footage from the Guernsey Tractor Run last year and thought it was great and definitely something we could do,’ he said.

‘I’ve put together a small committee and hopefully if we get the bodies then it’s something we can add to the yearly calendar.

‘It would be nice to see those kind of numbers again, but Christmas-themed.’

The route depends on how many tractors drivers register their interest and wish to take part

Lots of interest could result in the same route as Sark Tractor Mania, otherwise it could be starting at the harbour and heading up through the Avenue.

Timings will be confirmed in due course, but it is thought the tractor run will take place after the Christmas light switch on.

.The Sark event will take place on Friday 16 December.

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