Event to commemorate war centenary
With a rumble and a puff, Tracmach Lights on the Hill organiser John Tilling’s 1915 International Harvester Titan 10-20 will take to the field on Saturday. Tractors like Mr Tilling’s helped feed the allied troops during World War I and will join hundreds of other machines for the fifth running of the event, this year commemorating the centenary of the end of the war.
ENGINES that won a war in the fields and on the battle front will be on display at the fifth annual Tracmach Lights on the Hill vintage machinery day on Saturday.
Organiser John Tilling said the event would feature nearly 1000 displays of tractors, trucks, cars, bulldozers and this year even a tank.
“We usually get about 100 tractors, 50 or so old cars, old trucks, bulldozers, stationary motors, and we also local stalls and displays of crafts,” Mr Tilling said.
These displays will not just be sitting in the sun either, with the vintage vehicles being put through their paces in the field.
“It’s grown a lot bigger than any of us ever thought it would,” he said.
“We get more stuff in and try and do different things that you wouldn’t see anywhere else.”
This year will commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I and the essential role the tractor played.
“The tractor played such a huge part in the First World War, a lot of people don’t realise that,” he said.
“Without the tractors you’d never have had the tanks, Britain probably would have starved and it just freed up so many resources at home to be able to throw into the war effort.”
Displays of military vehicles and historians will also shed light on the birth of the mechanised era.
“We are bringing up a Centurion tank which although not a wartime tank is still a pretty impressive bit of gear at 53 tonnes,” Mr Tilling said.
“The name Lights on the Hill is because when you’re going along the road once it gets dark you see these tractors and they’re plowing up and down the slope, flames coming out the exhaust,” Mr Tilling said.
“Come along and have a look, see how it was done in granddad’s day.”
Lights on the Hill will be held at Talbot’s Farm on Heppingstone Road just south of Brunswick.
Gates open at 10am and the event will run right through until after sunset.