The first ever Christmas tractor run organised by Pennine Young Farmers Club (YFC) has raised over £1700.

The event took place on November 25 and involved 68 festively decorated tractors driving across south Cumbria.

The final amount raised was revealed on Thursday by organiser Hazel Stansfield, with £1735.96 being made by the club.

She said: "The night was a roaring success as it was fantastic to see members of the public come out and watch the event.

"I've also got to thank Sandy Lancaster for all the help organising, Kirkby Stephen Auction Mart for providing the venue, Eden Farm Supplies Brough Ltd for the best spectator competition, and Julie Beagle for providing the food."

The Westmorland Gazette: A total of 68 tractors took part in the event, with prizes going to the best decorated onesA total of 68 tractors took part in the event, with prizes going to the best decorated ones (Image: Kelly Armer)

The tractor run coincided with Kirkby Stephen's Christmas lights switch-on event, with the money set to be split between that and Pennine YFC.

"This fantastic total will allow us to continue to make the light switch-on a night for all ages to remember," Hazel added.

"Roll on this year's event!"

The debut event of its kind for the YFC, the tractor run saw the vehicles start in Kirkby Stephen before journeying through Hartley, Winton, Brough, Beatarn, Warcop and Soulby before heading back to their original start point.

The three best decorated tractors earned themselves a reward, thanks to donations from Alan Willis.

First Place went to Luke Walton, earning him £100, second to Sarah & Jessica Ellwood earning them £50, and third place went to Raymond Tinkler, with a £25 prize.

Hazel added that the group are always on the look out for new recruits.

"If anyone is interested in joining Pennine YFC, we are open to anyone aged 10-28 and meet on Wednesday nights.

"You don’t have to be a farmer to be in young farmers - we have a varied program from flower arranging to farm walks, there is something for everyone!"

Attention will now turn to preparing the second tractor run, with expectations high after last year's success.