Harry Ferguson Celebration
Committee representatives Samuel Law,
committee member; Bill Forsythe, PRO; Eric
Jess, chairman and George Cromie, secretary.
look forward to the unveiling of the
memorial statue at Growell on Saturday.
TOMORROW (Saturday) will see a dream come
true for the Harry Ferguson Celebration Committee and the
Midland Group from Co. Cavan as a bronze statue of the man whose
invention of the tractor revolutionised farming is unveiled at
his family's restored homestead outside Dromore.
The unveiling by the great man's
granddaughter Mrs. Sally Fleming from London will take place
during the annual Ferguson 'Working Day' which is always well
attended by exhibitors and spectators from around the world.
John Sherlock inspects the Harry Ferguson sculpture
at the Bronze Foundry in Dublin. The lifesize bronze
statue, which will be the centrepiece of the Growell
Commemorative Gardens, was commissioned by Lisburn
John Sherlock was also responsible for the statue of
portable defibrillator inventor Professor Frank
Pantridge which stands in the grounds of Lagan
Valley Island Civic Centre.
The working days have been taking place for a
number of years and have provided some of the funding for the
£160,000 Ferguson Memorial Garden which will also open tomorrow.
This year's event is expected to attract a record turnout and
the day will be a time for double celebration as those present
also mark the 50th anniversary of the Massey 65 tractor.
"This will be a very special day in Ferguson
history and to all who will be in attendance a day to remember
as this long overdue memorial garden will be open for all to
visit and lean, about Harry's life history and many
inventions and designs,' said a Committee spokesperson. Today
(Friday) will see trade and exhibition stands being set up in
'the long field' at Growell which was also the location of Harry
Ferguson's first flight in his aeroplane in 1909.
Tomorrow (Saturday) will continue as normal
until 2.45pm when everyone will be invited to walk up to the
memorial garden to be part of the official opening at 3.00pm.