What a night as colourful tractor convoy raises thousands for Magpas in magnificent Fen tribute to key workers
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A tractor-loving Doddington boy was among hundreds of residents who lined the streets to cheer a loud and colourful convoy of tractors as they lit up the village to raise over £2,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance.
The parade, organised by Tim Taylor and Steve Neugebauer, saw residents turn out in force to watch 66 tractors stream through the village - including a pit stop at the Manor Estate to surprise Wilfred Leonard Thompson ahead of his 100th birthday on Friday (May 29) - before journeying to Wimblington and then to March.
Mr Neugebauer said he could not thank residents enough for their support for the convoy, which ran for the last time on Thursday (May 28).
He said: “Myself and the whole team are ecstatic about it and because of your generosity, we have made a huge difference.
“I cannot thank you all enough, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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“It was a bit scary wondering if we could pull it off, but we did. You all did. Thank you all.”
One of the youngest Doddington residents was 20-month-old Cass Porter, who excitedly put on his John Deere overalls and made good use of his own ride-on tractor to wave at the convoy.
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His mum Emma said: “Cass loved every minute of it. It will be nice to show him in years to come, especially if he follows in his daddy’s footsteps and works on a farm.
“His dad is manager of Allpress Farms, so he’s been brought up around tractors and all aspects of farming and loves it.
“Tractor is his favourite word and we lose count of the amount of times a day he says it.”
Gareth Wells, who lives in Wimblington and was among those watching the parade, in which tractors flashed their lights and honked their horns, said: “We thought as it was the last clap for carers this week we would come celebrate with all you guys in our adopted village.
“It was so great to see everyone out supporting the lorries and tractors. Well done Doddington! You did the country proud.”