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A PAIR of intrepid tractor drivers raising money for charity will be given a special welcome in Whitby on Easter Monday.

The two 21 year olds, Robert Kearton, who has been collecting vintage tractors for nine years, and Robert Morrell from Barnard Castle are driving the coast to coast route from Whitehaven to Whitby, a distance of 180 miles, on vintage Massey Ferguson tractors.

They are setting off on Friday 22 April and as the tractors’ top speed is only 15mph they intend to drive for eight hours each day taking three days for the journey.

They hope to raise £1,000 in aid of Ocean Youth Trust North. Robert Kearton sailed with the OYT in last year’s Tall Ships’ Race and said he found it an amazing experience.

They will be met in Whitby by town mayor Coun Terry Jennison, members of the OYT North and the Rotary Club of Whitby at 12 noon at the Tourist Information Centre.

From then until 2pm there will be a fun-filled open event with everyone welcome especially young people who would like the opportunity to take part in a sponsored voyage.

The OYT’s sail training programmes focus on youth development and among those who have been helped by the organisation are young cancer sufferers and young offenders.