South Shropshire farmer John Derricutt, 83, is celebrating an unbelievable milestone this summer time as he begins his seventieth yr of harvesting.
Beginning the mix final week, in between showers, John has been decided to get out within the fields and begin the harvest.
“He gained’t retire”, jokes his daughter Sue. “What he likes to see is a crop planted, to look at it develop, and to reap it – he’s in his component when it’s combining time.
“He’s been within the business his complete life, and all of the younger lads that work at all times say how a lot they study from dad – we solely want he’d share extra!”
Regardless of needing a hip alternative, John has been placing the operation off, saying that the timing should not get in the best way of the harvest.
John first began out on his personal as a teen after buying a tractor and an implement and finishing up native contracting work.
Now, he farms alongside his sons Chris, David and Richard, who make up J & CM Derricutt Agricultural Contractors, at their household farm in Oreton the place he has a beef herd and grows arable crops.
“We’re all actually pleased with him,” stated Sue, “it’s wonderful what he and mum have achieved by way of the years, and to achieve 70 years of mixing is simply unbelievable.”