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Friday 23 March 2018

Vintage tractor charity run gets off to flying startMembers of the Narraghmore Vintage Tractor Club get Santa to help them on their charity run near Athy, Co Kildare, yesterday. Michael O'Rourke

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

SANTA got to work off some of the Christmas pudding at an annual vintage tractor charity run yesterday.

Mr Claus fortunately wasn't too tired to lend a hand during the Narraghmore Vintage Tractor Club event held near Athy, Co Kildare.

Cold weather did not keep the crowds away as hundreds turned out to see the tractors and cars take part in the 15-mile run which takes place every year.

More than 130 tractors, cars and other vintage vehicles took part in the event. Most of the tractors are restored by farmers who spend weeks preparing them for the run.

"It's a big thing," said participant Aideen Treacy. "We're very proud of the tractors and the little kids are just amazed to see so many of them and Santa as well."

And road conditions were perfect on the day.

"The day was beautiful, it was lovely and calm. There was no snow, no ice and the rain stayed away," said Aideen.

Organisers hope that the event raised close to €3,000 for St Vincent's Hospital in Athy yesterday. The tractors also pulled up outside the hospital so patients inside could take a peek at them from their windows.

Irish Independent

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