Foreman arrived with a 1936 Ferguson Brown.
SIXTY years of the `Wee Grey Fergie' were
celebrated at the Ferguson homestead last Saturday, with a fine
turn out of TE 20s and grey fergies of every shape and form
turning up to join the big birthday bash at Growell.
The day kicked off at 9am and a constant flow
of Ferguson/Massey Ferguson tractors arrived, either driven or
transported from many different locations including Cork,
Wexford, Donegal, Co. Cavan as well as England, Wales, Scotland,
Isle of Bute, and of course from all across Northern Ireland.
Celebrating the 60th
Anniversary of the Ferguson TE20 at the Homestead
Event at Growell were Robert Kerr, David Poots and
Eric Jess (Chairman of the Celebration Committee).
P3 owner Jim McConnell and
Ronnie McKinstry with his 1954 diesel. BL34-213EB
One of the guests at the show this year was
Peter Love, Editor of the Tractor and Machinery magazine in
England. Peter filled the role of commentator and judge on the
day and made a very good job indeed.
Other special attractions included a wide
range of stalls, with all kinds of food and refreshments
available as well as toys, models, antiques, tools, parts and
spares. There was also live music from local man Trevor Dickson.
The show was officially opened at 1pm by
Lisburn councillor, Alderman Edwin Poots and prizes were then
presented. One went to a grey tractor owned by Mr. Alexander
from Durham, showing a rare orchard version of the TE 20 and the
other prize went to a red Massey 550 in pristine condition owned
by Mr. Crickendale from England.
Alan McCauley, Billy
McCauley, Chris Weldon and Tommy Martin give this
wee grey the once over. BL34-212EB
Sam McDonald tries the
Fergie for size. BL34-221EB
A great day was had by one and all and was
made all the more special as it was all taking place on Ferguson
soil and right beside the site for the planned Harry Ferguson
The committee hold these annual events to
raise enough funding for the long awaited memorial and they now
have the go ahead for that memorial and should see a result in
terms of construction in the very near future.
The committee wish to thank all those who
make the event and memorial project what it is today.