The tractor, which still works today, was first bought in 1954 and is the inspiration behind a series of children’s books.

A children’s book has helped reunited a Parracombe man with his tractor more than 60 years after he bought it.

86-year-old Humphrey Bray was reunited with the David Brown tractor he bought in 1954 on Thursday.

The red tractor is now owned by Dr Alan Bosley, who lives in Ashford, and is the inspiration behind a series of children’s books penned by the former consultant paediatrician.

The journey started when Humphrey’s nephew Matthew Bray took his two children to meet the tractor at Barnstaple Library.

The vehicle was there with Dr Bosley to help promote his first two books, Waking Up Davey and Davey to the Rescue!

Matthew said: “We came across these books as my children are mad on tractors.

“I knew that our family had a tractor very similar, so I managed to take down the registration.

“Sure enough Humphrey found an old photograph and it confirmed it was the same tractor he had bought new in the 1950s.”

Humphrey eventually part exchanged the David Brown for a newer model, but said he was ‘very surprised’ to see the red tractor again 62 years later and it ‘was made of good stuff’.

Dr Bosley has just finished work on his third book, Davey’s New Friends.

He said: “I thought it was lovely for someone who had bought him new to see that it isn’t lying in a hedgerow.

“It works and I use him, but I also look after him and I’m very fond of it.”