A service to mark Plough Sunday held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral saw farm equipment blessed ahead of the traditional start of work on the land.
The working tractor and plough, supplied by Euston Estate director Andrew Blenkiron, were blessed by agricultural chaplain The Rev Canon Sally Fogden in front of the Norman Tower, following the regular Evensong service.
The Rev Canon Matthew Vernon, cathedral sub-dean, said: “We had a good number of people attending, including members of the farming community who wouldn’t normally be at the cathedral.
“I think it means a lot to the farming community to have their vital work recognised in this way.
“Plough Sunday follows an ancient tradition of asking for God’s blessing for their work.”
A special anthem written by James Thomas, cathedral director of music, was sung by the choir after the blessing.
Plough Sunday is an old tradition to celebrate the start of the agricultural year. The ceremony also saw prayers for the blessing of the land.
It is traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany, with work in the fields historically not starting until the Monday.
The day is now seen as a way of celebrating farming, farmers and the wider farming community.