It’s easy to forget that Cobourg is in the middle of farming country but we cannot forget about the Covid-19 crisis. Something must be working here (in Northumberland) because we have relatively few cases and no deaths. But we know that the healthcare workers at the Hospital (NHH) are working hard and these two things came together on Saturday – local farmers paraded their tractors to honour healthcare workers. At around 1:00 pm, a long line of tractors plus some other vehicles drove down Burnham, along De Palma and in front of the Hospital, down Strathy, East along Elgin past the Golden Plough then back up Burnham. It was organized by the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture (NFA) who represent over 750 farm families.
Their announcement of the event said:
The agricultural community in Northumberland hopes to convey a message of support for all the heroes that continue to work and provide essential services for our loved ones and community. We also wish to share the message to Ontarians of our continued commitment to feed our communities and the world in this incredible time of need.
Despite that fact that they asked that only the media “come outside to see this parade” (so that they could “do their part to flatten the curve”), there were people watching – although they did observe social distancing.
Above is a photo of two of the tractors heading along the road to the Hospital’s emergency entrance.
Below is a short video of some of the tractors.