South Scotland

Lauder tractor parade for rugby hero Doddie Weir's foundation

Tractors

Dozens of tractors have taken part in a parade to help fund research into motor neurone disease (MND).

The event in Lauder was organised in aid of the foundation set up by former rugby international Doddie Weir after he contracted the condition.

Organiser Ross Montague said they had been overwhelmed by the level of support for the event.

The tractors paraded through Lauder on Sunday morning before returning to Thirlestane Castle.

Mr Montague said he was keen to do something to raise funds for the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

Image caption Doddie Weir announced in June that he had MND

He said: "When I originally had the idea of getting a few tractors together to raise funds for MND research, I never imagined that it would get to the scale of what we saw at Thirlestane Castle and in Lauder on Sunday.

"The vintage tractors were great to see and a credit to their owners, when combined with the big modern machines, row after row of them at the castle and then heading as a parade through Lauder; it was absolutely amazing to see.

"Huge thanks to the drivers, the local tractor dealers and the farmers and contractors and tractor enthusiasts who took part and made the parade such a fantastic spectacle."

He also praised the hundreds of people who turned out to watch in Lauder.

"Without exaggerating, the atmosphere in the centre of town felt like being at a rock concert," he said.

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