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Kilcoo Vintage Rally Draws the Crowds
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ONCE again the Kilcoo Working Vintage Club has drawn a crowd to Kilcoo to enjoy the array of vintage vehicles, farm equipment, tractors, and see an old threshing machine display and much more.

It is always an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Club Chairman PJ McClean said, “It has taken six months to get this show organised with our committee. We have to have the date set in the Tractor Engine Company diary early on and we did that this year by the first week in January. The vintage tractor and show scene across Northrn Ireland is quite busing through the summer months.

“These vintage shows are very much about suppporting and looking back at our rural way of life.  The charities we are supporting this year are two local doctors sugereies in Castlewellan and Rathfriland.

“In the past we have supported many good causes such as Shimna Valley Holiday Home, Cancer charities, Multiple Schelosis, Autsim and others.”

One of the attractions at the Kilcoo show was the threshing machine which was given a demonstration to the crowd showing everyone how the hay was baled in the old days. The Allan Mill machine owned by Richard McKibben was bought in Co Down at the Harry Ferguson factory in Belfast and has spent its whole working life in East Down. The first owners were the Gill family from Chapeltown near Ardglass who paid £600 for it in 1942. The machine was towed back to Chapeltown by an Austin A16!

Just around the corner is the Seaforde Working Vintage Show on Saturday September 3rd which once again will be another fun day for everyone.