Mean machine

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A runaway tractor hurtled across a grassy slope and over the Great North Road (the former name of the A1) this month in 1964.

The machine got away from its owner near Cath-A-Penny Quarry near Burnmouth.

After careering over the road, the tractor bounced up onto the seaward side of the road and came to rest on a grassy slope.

A smallholder, a J Martin, had been closing a gate when his Ferguson tractor started moving away on its own.

It travelled over 250 yards, even becoming airborne at one moment as it rode over a fence and part of the carriageway.