HILLSBOROUGH:AT the monthly meeting of Lisburn City Council, Mayor Betty Campbell made special mention of the Harry Ferguson Homestead Working Day event which took place at Hillsborough last weekend.
Mrs Campbell said that while she had attended a number of important engagements through-out the borough over the months of July and August in her capacity as First Citizen,. this event stood out in her mind.
She described the occasion as `a wonderful achievement'.
"Coming from farming stock myself I confess to having a personal interest in things agricultural but even I was amazed at the sheer number of old Ferguson tractors on display," said Mrs Campbell.
"The event, was very well attended with hundreds of people having come to it from all parts of England and Scotland, from right across Ireland and even from America," Mrs Campbell told the meeting.
"It was a marvellous one day event which attracted a lot of visitors to the city."
Councillor Edwin Poots added his voice to the praise for the event and said the council had sponsored it to the tune of a few hundred pounds.
"There were 380 tractors on display and it attracted spectators from all parts of theUnited Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and even further afield," he said.
Mr Poots said his father and uncle bought Ferguson's old farm so he felt a certain personal connection to the event.
He added that Harry Ferguson was a true pioneer not just in agricultural circles but in the field of invention and aviation as well and as such was a person of whom Lisburn could be justifiably proud.
Mr Poots added that he felt Lisburn City Council could `make much more of Harry Ferguson' and in so doing benefit from the feedback this would bring.
He asked that the council reflect on the success of the event and look into this matter more closely with a view to making it even bigger and better in years to come.
Councillor William Ward also spoke about the event's success but added that the occasion would have benefited from a public address (PA) system.
|Dromara man Griff Morrow pictured on his Ferguson TEF 20 at the Ferguson Working Day. BL35435sm||At the Ferguson Working Day are Matt Foreman and Charlotte May- BL35438sm|
|Harry Poots, President of the Cancer Research NI (Dromore Branch) and committee member Marie Ward pictured at the Ferguson Working Day. BL35436sm||Members of the Friends of Ferguson Heritage at the Harry Ferguson Working Day at Growell. They are Eric Jess' chairman, Robert Kerr, treasurer, Ryan Ken- and Jim Dennison. BL35434sm|