Smiles of success from the
Northern Ireland vintage tractor ploughing team
at the European Championships held on the Isle
of Man. From left, Mercer Ward. Hillsborough,
Jackie Moore, Bangor and youngest competitor in
the field. 25 year old Ian Simms from
Carrickfergus. US3607 - ploughing pic -
A HILLSBOROUGH man came first in his class at
the European Vintage Tractor Ploughing Championships on the Isle
of Man last weekend.
Mercer Ward took first position in the
European Vintage Tractor Class and had the satisfaction of
seeing Northern Ireland's two other representatives at the event
also do well.
Jackie Moore from Bangor came second in the
trail class and second in the overall European Vintage Tractor
Ian Simms from Carrickfergus, the youngest
competitor in the event was fourth in the hydraulic class and
Meanwhile, the cup won by Mercer was provided
by Hillsborough man Ronnie Coulter who was very happy to make
the presentation to his near neighbour.
Mercer's team coach Tom McCracken from
Dundonald praised the efforts of his team and their loyal band
of travelling supporters. The Northern Ireland Vintage Tractor
Ploughing Championships will be held on Sat, Sept 29 at
Hillsborough on ideal Lagan Valley land owned by Raymond McKee
between the village and Moira.
As ever, a strong entry is expected with a
new vintage reversible class sure to attract interest following
Mercer Ward's crowning as European champion on the IOM.
Entry forms are available now, by post or e mail, from Miriam
Ward, NI Vintage Tractor Ploughing Association tel; (028) 9268