MORE than 1,500 exhibits are expected at Tractor Fest which takes place at Newby Hall next month.

This year’s festival will commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War and features a 1940s theme.

Organisers have produced a special map to show the ‘March of the Tractors’ route and the best spots to gather and watch the march go past.

The march leaves Newby Hall at 5.30pm on June 8 and makes it way past Ripon Racecourse before heading into Ripon via the water splash on Priest Lane.

The tractors will continue through the Market Place, leaving via Duck Hill and back to Newby Hall after travelling through Skelton-on-Ure.

Kevin Watson, chairman of the Yorkshire Vintage Association which stages Tractor Fest, said: “One of the highlights of Tractor Fest is our March of the Tractors which is a great spectacle and attracts lots of people including families to come out and watch the march go past.”

More than 12,000 visitors are expected at this year’s Tractor Fest which will also feature a Lancaster Bomber flypast by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on both days of the festival.

As part of Tractor Fest’s 1940s theme, there will be displays of vintage tractors from the era, including the Fordson N tractor – ‘the tractor that won the war’ and was widely used by the RAF for plane towing, as well as by the Women’s Land Army.

The event takes place on Saturday June 8 and Sunday 9.

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