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More than 150 tractors take to the streets of Lauder

178 tractors took part, with each entrant donating a minimum of £50 Photo: Carolyn Grant

More than 150 tractors took to the streets of Lauder and surrounding areas yesterday in aid of charity.

The 'Grand Parade of Tractors’ raised money for Doddie Weir’s foundation to fund research into Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

Credit: Carolyn Grant

178 tractors took part, with each entrant donating a minimum of £50.

More funds were raised by the auction of a vintage tractor that was donated by a local farmer and sold for £8,000.

After a three-hour tour of Lauderdale, the farmers and other drivers returned to Thirlestane for a lunch provided by Dining by Doreen.

Credit: Carolyn Grant

The day was organised by Ross Montague, of Blackburn, Lauder for the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation:

When I originally had the idea of getting a few tractors together to raise funds for MND research, I never imagined that it would get to the scale of what we saw at Thirlestane Castle and in Lauder on Sunday!

The vintage tractors were great to see and a credit to their owners, when combined with the big modern machines, row after row of them at the castle and then heading as a parade through Lauder; it was absolutely amazing to see.

Thank you so much to everyone who put their hand in their pocket and donated to this extremely worthwhile cause.

We are not ready to announce the total raised as yet, as more has been pledged, but it looks like the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation will be receiving a very substantial cheque."

– Ross Montague, event organiser