Ploughs are blessed as annual service is held at village church

Parishioners with Rev John Alford, far right, at the Plough Sunday Service. Picture: ARCHANT

Parishioners with Rev John Alford, far right, at the Plough Sunday Service. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The annual Plough Sunday service was held at St Nicholas’ Church in Hail Weston.

The Plough Sunday service at St Nicholas' Church, in Hail Weston. Picture: ARCHANT

The Plough Sunday service at St Nicholas' Church, in Hail Weston. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The service was conducted by Reverend John Alford, to celebrate the beginning of the agricultural year.

Rev Alford said: “It was a great service and so lovely to see such a big turn out. We started by blessing the ploughs, and then the soil, this was a great way to see the children get involved.”

About 60 people attended the church to celebrate Plough Sunday, a traditional service that is held to mark the start of farming season, which starts on the Monday.

The celebrations are traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany.

Rev Alford said: “Overall I think we had around 15 farmers attend, which was great to see.”