Driving along a country lane in Surrey, I came up behind a tractor with a tipping transport box attached on the back. Therein were some youngsters dressed in their best.
In front of that tractor was another, and another all with people dressed in their best togs. Further ahead we came to the village church, St Michael and All Angels in Thursley.
It was the wedding of a local farmer’s son and everyone turned up in a tractor. The tractors were manoeuvring to park outside the church and eventually all lined up on the verge.
Did the groom get to the church on time? I think so because time is flexible in Thursley. The church does not yet have a clock but a sundial has been installed for the benefit of villagers.
I have not seen guests arrive at a wedding in tractors before. Usually it is a Rolls or a Bentley or a BMW. Horse drawn carriages are popular and did Fred Dibnah not use a steam traction engine? Maybe I am wrong about that. Fred certainly went to his funeral by traction engine.
When I married in Chandler’s Ford we had a vintage Mercedes to the church and shank’s pony back to the house afterwards, only 200 metres from the church.
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