Wakefield farmers nearing Somerset with much-needed supplies for colleagues affected by the floods

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Farmers from Wakefield set off on a 225-mile journey to Somerset this morning to take much-needed supplies to their colleagues who have been affected by the floods.

Philip Rowbottom, of Mount Farm, on Abbott Lane, and his neighbour Andrew Nicholson, who runs an agricultural contracting business, are travelling at 30mph in tractors laden with fodder and bedding for starving livestock.

Express readers have been following their progress via #tractoraid on Twitter since 5am.

The journey is expected to take around 10 hours, and the latest update is that the convoy is nearing Bristol with 180 miles behind it.

Messages of support have been tweeted from all corners of the UK.

The Express caught up with Mr Rowbottom before the team left the district. See tomorrow’s Express for full story and pictures.




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