Farmers continue to make some noise in NHS and care workers tribute

PUBLISHED: 21:48 22 May 2020

Tractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: DAN MASON

Tractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: DAN MASON

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Tractors, forklifts and trucks streamed through the streets of Doddington and Wimblington as farmers paid their own tribute to our key workers.

Horns were honked, lights were flashing, smiles were beaming and hands were waving to residents who watched the convoy rally by their homes on Thursday evening (May 21) just after the weekly ‘Clap for Carers’ at 8pm.

Twenty-eight agricultural vehicles made up the convoy, which began at Doddington Court retirement complex on Benwick Road before finishing at the junction of Blue Lane and Addison Road in Wimblington.

Tim Taylor, organiser of the tractor convoy, which has ran for three weeks, said today that they were stopping the idea, stating that “our feelings were that we may lose that attraction.

“We said that was going to be the last, but what a way to finish. That was top of the tree.”

Tractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: DAN MASONTractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: DAN MASON

But in the space of a few hours and with the encouragement of Fenland folk alike, they have bounced back even stronger.

As of next Thursday (May 28), the convoy, which is expected to consist of around 50 vehicles, will add March to its route, making its way up to City Road and along Burrowmoor Road where they will then disperse at the junction with the A141 bypass.

Collection buckets will also be available for residents to put their donations in for Magpas, where it is thought an official cheque presentation will be made on Thursday, June 4.

So far, tractor drivers have raised around £254 for both Magpas and Doddington Court.

Tractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: ARCHANTTractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: ARCHANT

The decision to continue the convoy comes as the founder of the ‘Clap For Carers’ movement, Annemarie Plas, said next week’s show of support would be the last as she felt the idea had become “politicised”.

Earlier that day, a convoy of lorries made its way from Chatteris to Peterborough and raised over £16,000 for the NHS.

Tractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: ARCHANTTractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: ARCHANT

Tractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: DAN MASONTractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: DAN MASON

Tractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: ARCHANTTractors, forklifts and trucks steamed through Doddington and Wimblington to pay tribute to the NHS and other frontline staff battling the coronavirus. Picture: ARCHANT


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