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VIDEO: Vintage tractors flock to Rothesay for charity rally

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More than a hundred vintage tractors from all over Bute and beyond converged on Rothesay’s promenade on Saturday morning for the Bute Vintage Club’s annual charity rally and road run.

Hundreds of fascinated spectators turned out to inspect the machines - many of them immaculately restored to as-new condition - before they were waved off on a tour of the island which included a visit to the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company’s yard just outside Port Bannatyne.

Also included in this year’s record entry was a small fleet of non-agricultural vehicles, among them a 1970 Morris Minor van, a 1988 Ford Fiesta and a rare 2004 Honda Rune concept motorcycle, all of them owned by Rothesay resident Sandy Johnston, and a bright orange 1982 Mk 1 Fiesta owned by another local resident, Tony Feeney.

A live performance by the Bute Ceilidh Band rounded off the morning’s entertainment before local councillor Robert Macintyre waved off the convoy on their island tour.

Proceeds from entry fees and bucket donations at this year’s event will be split between North Ayrshire Cancer Care and the Schiehallion ward at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.

* More pictures from Saturday’s event in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 17.

 

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