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Jake the Tractor Takes ‘Grand Tour’ To No. 10 Downing Street !

A Grand Tour To No.10 Downing Street.

Can it really get any better than this ?  A grand tour to No. 10 Downing Street ? Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin. This year has been a real fired up, all systems go kind of adventure.  I have met so many people and got up to all kinds of things – it has been totally amazing.  Well as I trundled along on this amazing year I wasn’t quite prepared for what happened. Out of the blue,  I got a phone call from a lovely lady at Small Business Saturday UK asking if I might be interested in going along to a reception at No.10 Downing Street. Well you know me, I didn’t have to think twice ” Count me in ” I said.  I had hardly put the phone down when some of the ‘little people’ came over and asked what I looked so excited about. “Its a secret” I said “but I’ll tell you nearer the time.”  So things went on as usual. More loads of potatoes were brought into the Farm and I  quietly prepared for ‘the visit’

Another Day At Muddytrac Farm.

Another Day At Muddytrac Farm.


To Clean Or Not To Clean – That Is The Question.

Well I had a bit of a tricky decision to make – to clean or not to clean.  Given an occasion like this one would want to look and smell one’s best.  If I went nice and clean and polished up I would be just like a new tractor fresh out of the factory. However if I went in my usual look that would be representative of both the muddy tractors produced at Muddytrac Farm and myself. The decision was made – no need for the pressure washer after all.


I've Got The Look

I’ve Got The Look !


I need Help !

The more I thought about the visit to No.10 the more I realised – I need help !  So, I had a chat with some of the tractors around the Farm and before long I had  a few volunteers to go with me.  ‘Norman the New Holland’ was very keen to go. As London wasn’t a million miles from the New Holland factory at Basildon I agreed that a cousin of the tractors produced at Basildon might just be a nice touch.  A couple of David Browns, two snow tractors and a Herron ferry tanker made up the party.  We were all very excited the night before and could hardly sleep. Eventually after many a rendition of ‘The Wheels On The Tractor’  and ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’ we eventually drifted off to sleep.

Norman the New Holland

Norman the New Holland

David Brown Tractor

David Brown Tractor

Herron Ferry Tanker

Herron Ferry Tanker


The Big Day.

The ‘big day’ arrived. Off we went through the fog to Belfast International Airport. I don’t know how he managed it; but  Al the ‘factory manager’ somehow got us on board an Easyjet flight to Gatwick. I don’t know if they usually take tractors on  the plane.  Anyway, we had a nice flight and before long we were high above the sunny skies over the South of England watching as planes ahead descended and landed on the enormous runway at Gatwick Airport.  With disembarkation completed we made our way to the ‘shuttle’ and onward by Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. After enjoying a hot cup of tea and a sausage roll at Victoria I headed off in the direction of Buckingham Palace.  It was a cold morning but I kept up a brisk pace and soon arrived at ‘the Palace.’   I stopped for a while to get some pictures and spread the word about Small Business Saturday UK.

The Drive To Buckingham Palace

I Have Returned.

 

No Sitting Down On The Job.

 

I Want To Tell You About Small Business Saturday

I Want To Tell You About Small Business Saturday UK.


Westminster Here I Come.

With a tight schedule to keep I was soon on my way. Keeping the power on I soon arrived at my next stop – the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. With my board proudly displaying the Small Business Saturday UK message I stopped across the way from Big Ben. I included him in this picture as I thought you might like to see him.

Saying 'Hello' To Big Ben

Saying ‘Hello’ To Big Ben and one of the famous red London buses produced by WrightBus in Ballymena.


I’m Here !

No time to stop – Big Ben was ticking and I had no time for talking.  On I went until eventually I arrived at the entry to Downing Street.  On gaining admittance to the famous Street I was joined by others of the  Small Business 100 attending the reception.

Preparing To Enter 10 Downing Street

Preparing To Enter 10 Downing Street


Small Business 100 at Downing Street.

Inside No.10 I had an amazing adventure .  The surroundings were exquisite, the company marvellous and the reception – amazing. I was particularly pleased to meet  Small Business Minister  and Member of Parliament for Stourbridge; Margot James.  All too soon the blur of activity, conversations and photographs came to an end. I reflected on the memory of watching autumn leaves floating delicately  in the Downing Street gardens. We gathered at the front of No.10 for a final farewell group photograph of the Small Business Saturday UK ‘Small Business 100′ A snapshot in time of a memorable occasion when I, Jake the Tractor could very possibly have been ‘the first muddy tractor in Downing Street’  Here is a picture or two to finish off my very own ‘Grand Tour’

Me and Al at No.10 Downing Street.

Me and Al at No.10 Downing Street.

I Was Really There !

I Was Really There !


And So,  All Good Things Come To An End.

As I close;  I would like to say an ‘enormous thankyou to all at Small Business Saturday UK,  Margot James MP, UK Small Business Minister and our Hosts at No.10 Downing Street for a most fulfilling and enjoyable experience. And so this little muddy tractor and friends have left the stage. We have returned from whence we came – back to North Antrim and our ‘muddy tractor factory’ at Muddytrac Farm.  For now, this is your friend ‘Jake the Tractor’ “Thanks for looking in and do get in touch.”

All Go For The Travelling Tractor !

Wow, I can hardly believe what a crazy time I have had recently. Meeting people and seeing far off places  has been muddy amazing !  From food sampling to  sightseeing and charming the girls – can it get any better ?  As you probably already know Al at Muddytrac farm made me up a special trailer –  this picture was taken some time back with my friend Barry at my local Ford dealership in Coleraine.  He probably dreams of being as good looking as me but I don’t like to disappoint him !

Me And My Mate Barry

Me And My Mate Barry


Anyway as I was saying things have been crazy. I know the Osmonds sang about Crazy Horses but I really do feel a bit like a Crazy Tractor – maybe I will record a song about that ! Food tasting – I’m always very partial to a wee bite you know.  This Summer I called in to the Naturally North Coast and Glens Causeway Speciality Market in Coleraine. Well I must say I  enjoyed myself – thankfully I had my trailer with me. If ever you go to the Causeway Speciality Market in Coleraine make sure you take your trailer with you as you will need it to carry home all the lovely things you are sure to buy.  I slipped in and out of the food stands getting a wee bite here and there.

Wallowing In The Mallows

Wallowing In The Mallows

Mallow Promotion

Mallow Promotion

Bringing Home The Bacon

Bringing Home The Bacon

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Keeping It Fresh

Keeping It Fresh

 

Promoting Journey To Market

Promoting Journey To Market


So what happened next ? Well as you would expect the life of a muddy tractor is soooooo exciting – Muddyfarm Models were selected as one of the SmallBiz100 at Small Business Saturday UK so Al and I took my first ever flight for my first visit to London ! Well I couldn’t go all that way and not see the sights so here are a few pics from my trip. We also tied in with the Save The High Street Campaign. Its amazing what can be done with a trailer.

Save The High Street Campaign At Portrush

Save The High Street Campaign At Portrush

Save The High Street Campaign At Coleraine

Save The High Street Campaign At Coleraine

Save The High Street Campaign At Buckingham Palace

Save The High Street Campaign At Buckingham Palace

Chilling Out By The Thames

Chilling Out By The Thames

Jake Meets Big Ben

Jake Meets Big Ben


Of course I was also linking up with Small Business Saturday UK. What an amazing time – I met the  amazing Jason Allan at Google Campus.

I Met Jason

I Met Jason Allan

It was fab meeting up with the girls from Small Business Saturday UK.

Hannah from Small Business Saturday

Hannah from Small Business SaturdayUK

I also met up with Claire from Small Business Saturday UK.

Claire And Jake

Claire And Jake


It really was a flying visit to London and I had  so many firsts – first flight to London, first ride on the Gatwick Express, first ride on the London Underground – don’t think I would fancy working down there. Then there was my first visit to Google Campus – hopefully I will be back there and my first ever Blue Tie Ball !  I didn’t meet Her Majesty The Queen on this occasion but who knows in the future.  Now I am home and it is back to work at Muddytrac Farm. My wheels have hardly touched the ground which may seem strange for a tractor.  One thing I did like about London – I didn’t see any pressure washers !  After London your friend Jake the Tractor is all set to travel the World. Offers of flights, accommodation and sponsorship offers for me and Al are welcome. If you can’t be clean – get muddy ! Talk soon.  Jake The Tractor