ANOTHER reminder has been sent for children across Oswestry to greet Father Christmas as part of an illuminated tractor run next month.

The run, on Saturday, December 9 between 4-5pm, will run from the Livestock Market in Shrewsbury Road, and there will be picture opportunities with the big man and great local farmer Dave Roberts and Choc’s tractor.

The run is being organised with the Whittington and Oswestry Young Farmers Club in memory of Will Roberts of Pennant Farm in Gobowen.


Will, the much-loved son of Dave and Sue Roberts, was affectionately known by all as “Choc” because of his love of chocolate and he died from a brain tumour in December 2022.

Organiser Mike Lade said: “The money raised by the Young Farmers will go to the Lingen Davies Appeal cancer charity based in Shrewsbury.

“People will be able to walk around the tractors and talk to our local farmers before and after the end of the run at the market.

“Also available will be hot drinks to purchase and provided by the Young Farmers and a barbecue will be providing hot food provided by Lingen Davies.

“There will be marshals and bucket collectors at the market and in the villages and towns to raise much-needed money for Lingen Davies so please have cash available on the evening so you can support the run.”

It will be starting from the Oswestry Livestock Market at around 5pm and the illuminated tractors will go through West Felton, Ruyton XI Towns, Baschurch, Burlton, Cockshut, Ellesmere, Duddleston Heath, Ifton Heath, St Martins, Gobowen, Whittington, Oswestry, Morda to return to the Livestock Market soon after 7pm.

Mike added: “We will have a tracker on the lead tractor and will publish the link to it on our Facebook page below for people to click on (subject to a mobile signal).

“Folk will be able to see where we are in real-time so they don’t have to wait around for too long in the cold”

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He added: “We have a Facebook page @oswestryilluminatedtractorrun where you can find the link to the map of our exact route and our calculated arrival times through the villages.”

For more information contact Mike on 07803 038858 or email