Tractors hit the road in memory of Rob

The convoy of 'Rob's Run' tractors passes through Mulgrave parkland
The convoy of 'Rob's Run' tractors passes through Mulgrave parkland

More than 80 tractors took to the roads around Whitby in memory of a popular Mickleby man, raising £3,500 for charity in the process.

The tractor road run was organised by Steve Norris as a tribute to his late father Rob, who worked as an agricultural worker for most of his adult life until his death in May 2014, aged 55.

Rob Norris was looked after by nurses from Macmillan Cancer Support during his illness, and as a result, his family were keen to raise some cash by way of thanks for the care he received.

“The help we had from the Macmillan nurses when my dad was ill was out of this world,” Steve Norris told the Whitby Gazette.

“I can’t put into words how good they were, so this was just a way to give something back.

“We were over the moon with the turnout and delighted by how much we managed to raise on the day.

“We told Macmillan that we were just organising a quiet do, so when their nurse turned up to collect £3,531 I think that he was taken aback to receive such an amount.”

The inspiration for the road run came from Rob Norris’ love of tractors, and thus his family decided to organise a fundraising event that they felt he “would have liked to have been involved in himself.”

‘Rob’s Run’ started out from the Fox Inn at Roxby on Sunday morning and headed towards the Norris’ family home at Mickleby where bacon sandwiches and teas and coffees were served.

From there, the 82-tractor convoy, led by Steve Norris, travelled towards Kettleness, taking in locations including Danby, Egton and Egton Bridge on the way back to Roxby.

Sunday lunch was served at the Fox Inn, followed by a raffle and prize auction.

“The day went brilliantly, apart from a bit of rain in the morning, it couldn’t have gone much better,” Mr Norris added.

“It was amazing to see so many people there and so many of my dad’s friends turn up.

“My mum, my sister, Jo, and I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported us and donated prizes.

“We are particularly grateful to Karl and Alison from the Fox Inn for hosting us and all the girls who helped out with the food.

“We plan to do this all over again next year.”

See Friday’s Gazette for a picture focus on ‘Rob’s Run’ by Scott Wicking.