Vintage tractors on display at annual event in Gainsborough
The centre’s annual Tractor Event, which took place on Father’s Day, was hosted with more than 30 traditional steam Marshall’s engines on display in celebration of the 175th anniversary of William Marshall himself.
Marshall Sons & Co was founded in 1848 by William Marshall who by trade was a Millwright and engineer.
This same site formed a major part of the regeneration of Gainsborough in 2007 with the opening of Marshall’s Yard.
A lot of thought, care and love was put into restoring the history of Marshall’s through the buildings and the statue of Britannia, which still stands proudly above the entrance of the former main doors to the factory today.
And on Saturday, June 17, the centre hosted a large-scale mosaic street art project inviting budding artists to join in with creating the piece of public art set around the centre’s fountain area.
The finished piece will gradually fade over the coming days so people need to get in quick to see it.
Families also flocked to Marshall’s Yard over the weekend to enjoy a day of history, heritage, creativity, fun and even sunshine, enjoying free face painting and live music from Lily Kerbey and Ellie James.
Tractors dating back to as early as 1893 made a roaring impact as they arrived on Sunday morning.
The event was enjoyed by plenty of families and children throughout the day with several local street food vendors and real ale on offer plus a gigantic 35ft long inflatable tractor for youngsters to play on.
Jodie Pacey, centre manager for Marshall’s Yard, said: “It’s always lovely to welcome back the Marshall’s tractors, we love paying tribute to the centres former role in manufacturing as this is such a big part of the centre’s heritage.
“It was a great to have over 30 Marshall’s tractors back where they were originally built.
"The crowds supported the event and it was a great day out for the whole family.
“We’re looking forward to a great line up of events coming up with our Lunch Fest taking place on August 26 to 28.”