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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland




Party to mark 60 years of the 'wee grey fergie'

Chris Smyth of Massey Ferguson UK and Ireland holding a picture of Harry Ferguson to promote the Harry Ferguson Homestead Event on August 19. In the background are the Birthplace of Harry Ferguson, a vintage Massey Ferguson and new model. Also included are the Harry Ferguson Celebration Committee and Rodney Crawford of Cyril Johnston Carryduff. US32-113A0 Picture By: Aidan O'Reilly

THE 60th birthday party of 'the wee grey fergie', the tractor which revolutionised farming life all over the world, will take place at its inventor's homestead, `Growell' between Hillsborough and Dromore, next Saturday (August 19).

The event in 'the long field' will be staged by the Harry Ferguson Celebration Committee and Midlands group Virginia.

It will feature the biggest show of Ferguson Te 20s in the world.

The organisers will also be celebrating the green light being given to the Harry Ferguson memorial project which has been in the planning for some time now.

The memorial will be set up opposite the Ferguson Homestead.


"The 'wee grey Fergie' was just one of Harry's many inventions and we on the committee always felt that Harry was long overdue some sort of recognition for being Ireland's great inventor turning agriculture on its head and making life so much easier for the farming community throughout the world," said a Committee spokesperson.

"Hence the future memorial garden at Growell was just the right thing to do."

Returning to the birthday party he said this year's event would display every Te 20 the organisers could get their hands on.

"So far we have exhibits coming from England, Scotland, Wales, Cork, Wexford, Virginia, Killarney, Westport, Donegal and just about every county in Northern Ireland," he continued.

"This show will also commemorate the birthday of many other Ferguson models right through to Massey Ferguson, not to mention brand new tractors from various local dealers.

"Other attractions on the day will be live music from local country and western star Trevor Dickson, all kinds of food and refreshments will be available and trade stands and stalls will offer something to please everyone."

Ulster Star