A TRACTOR driving down Dyer Street is an unusual sight, but one that Cirencester residents may have caught if they were awake early over the weekend.

Starting at 6am on Saturday, August 1 Morrisons M local Store Manager Matt Nott drove a tractor 35 miles from the Cirencester store to Bath to raise money for the charity relay in aid of Sue Ryder.

This journey was the tenth leg of a 24 hour relay race connecting all fifteen Morrisons M local stores within the South West region.

Other unusual modes of transport in the relay included a kayak, a tandem bike and a dune buggy.

At each stage of the race, participants handed on a specially created baton made of apples.

The whole relay raised £8,000 with the Cirencester shop accounting for £500 of the total.

Store manager Matt Nott said: “Thank you to everyone who has made such generous donations so far. I was pretty nervous. However, colleagues and the general public kept me going during my leg!”

Sue Ryder spokeswoman Samantha Steadman said: "It's fantastic that Morrisons M Locals in the South West are taking on this challenge to raise funds for the new healthcare services being set up by Sue Ryder.

"With the help of Morrisons colleagues and customers, we're already making a lasting difference to thousands of families at the most difficult time of their lives, and we're hugely grateful for their support."