Andrew who farmed Sabden Old Hall Farm with brother Brian and mum Ruth, died of cancer in 2009 aged just 40. The tractor run is held in his memory and the proceeds donated to cancer charities, this year proceeds will be divided between the chemotherapy unit at Blackburn Royal Hospital and Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which fund-raises to bring world class cancer care to patients from throughout Lancashire.
It is something you really need to see to believe, and is worth traveling to see. It has become a family tradition to watch the tractor run, and one that the boys really look forward to. It consists of all types of farm vehicles new and old, some vintage. Local farmers really get into the sprit; even putting tailors onto the back of huge tractors and combine harvesters, which they decorate and fill with their families, children and pets.
The atmosphere is amazing with all participants waving and honking their horns as they drive past. It demonstrates the real sense of community we enjoy living in the Pendleside villages. I mean how many areas get in excess of 100 tractors drive past their house as part of a 4-5 hour charity run once a year.