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Monday 22 October 2018

WATCH: Poignant funeral cortege for well-known Ford tractor collector

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One of the largest and best-known Ford tractors collectors in the UK passed away recently from a short illness, but his funeral cortege was an amazing tribute to his passion.

Frederick Potter's love of Ford tractors came from his father, Duke, and had grown to around 60 before he passed away after a short battle with cancer this year.

He was given a final send off by family, friends and neighbours with a fitting tribute of his passion for Ford tractors with around 45 tractors been driven to mark the occasion.

"Fred was adamant the tractor pulling his coffin would not break down - as he would not be there to fix it if it did!" Instead, Philip was in the tractor that pulled the coffin, while Ali followed in the first tractor after the coffin.

The Potters, who live in Dauntsey, Chippenham, Wiltshire have a tractor collection dates back from 1927 and is mainly made up of Ford tractors, including many tractors they bought themselves.

"We still have the first tractor Fred's father bought new from TH Whites when they first opened in Wiltshire," Ali said.

Frederick Potter Phil Potter Ali Potter Freddie's funeral convoy.

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Over the years the Potters built up their Ford tractor collection and today, while it has New Hollands (which encompasses the Ford brand), the collection is mainly Ford.

While the Potters don't show the tractors, they do take some of them to working events, to let people see them in action and according to Ali, it was the ideal way to mark Fred's funera.

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"Fred came home from hospital on September 8 and passed away the following day. His funeral took place on September 16 - the same date as his late father's birthday and the same date Fred bought his first tractor."

"If you could look back and say that's when it was going to happen, that would have been the date."


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