A DISPLAY of vintage tractors and ploughs will show visitors to an annual country event just how much life has changed for farmers over the last two centuries.

Farm machinery enthusiast Paul Coppen will exhibit a range of tractors and demonstrate plough development at Bowes Show, near Barnard Castle, on Saturday, September 13.

Among the oldest exhibits will be wooden ploughs dating from the 1800s including the celebrated Oliver 40, which was instrumental to opening up the plains of North America for corn growing.

A modern day multi-furrow tractor mounted plough will demonstrate how staggering the advance in plough design and output has been in the last 150 years.

The show will boast all the usual attractions including a large horse and pony section, carriage driving, livestock, horticulture and industrial classes, a dog show and a quoits competition.

Family entertainment will include a sheepdog demonstration, balloon modelling, Punch and Judy and Middleton Brass Band.

Tickets are £5 for adults, £2 for children, free for under fives and free parking is available but parking on the show field costs £5.

Visit the website bowesshow.org.uk for details and a programme of events.