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Tatenhill rally set to honour life of tragic Thomas

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Tractor Rally at National Forest Adventure Farm....

Tractor Rally at National Forest Adventure Farm....

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A SPECIAL tractor and steam engine rally is being organised to honour the memory of a youngster who died in motorcycle accident.

Caroline Pegg is planning the event for the fourth year running to remember farming enthusiast son Thomas, who died in August 2010 at the age of 17, and to raise money for two charities.

The event will take on an extra significance this year as Thomas would have been celebrating his 21st birthday.

Mrs Pegg, of Henhurst Hill, Burton, said: "Thomas was absolutely tractor mad from as soon as he could think about them.

"He loved tractors and organising this event is one way to remember him."

The rally will begin and end at the National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill, on Sunday, September 14, and will feature a procession of tractors and various other vehicles through the countryside from 10am.

The convoy will pass the site where Thomas and fellow rider James Lambert, 24, of Park Lane, Tutbury, were killed on the B5016 between Barton under Needwood and Yoxall.

Mr Lambert's bike accidentally collided with Thomas' machine as the latter attempted to turn around in the road to retrieve a dropped glove.

Both men died from the injuries they sustained.

Mrs Pegg said: "There will hopefully be lots of tractors and engines on display during the day and those who want to will be able to go on the tractor run as well.

"We don't care what people come in as long as they enjoy the day in Thomas's memory."

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Uttoxeter-based Youth Emotional Support Services group.

People are asked to make a donation of £5 and call Mrs Pegg on 07815 725392 for more details.

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