THE agricultural endowment of a pristine Ferguson tractor will allow a local church to plough on with its fund-raising efforts.
In recent days Fr Declan Boland of the Church of the Immaculate Conception was delighted to accept a rare grey Ferguson TVO tractor from one anonymous benefactor, which will be raffled off to help the ongoing restoration of the church.
According to Fr Boland, the tractor is in excellent condition and will be a real treasure for one lucky farming fan.
“The tractor is excellent and reminds me of a Swiss Watch,” he said. “The machine has a 1953 registration, and at 65-years-old it has stood the test of time. The quality of workmanship in those days was top notch.”
Upon receiving the tractor, the church decided that a raffle was the best way to disperse of the period powerhouse. Money raised will go toward a monumental funding raising effort to restore the historical church in Strabane, which as of January had crossed £100,000.
“The tractor is just another element of what has been a heart-warming fund-raising effort,” said Fr Boland “When we were gifted the tractor, I was intrigued and grateful, but also dubious as to who might want it.
“However, there exists a wealth of tractor-mad individuals in the local area. In a rural farming community, there is a great deal of interest in this kind of thing, and many have been keen to support such a worthwhile cause.”
• Tickets for the 1953 Ferguson 20 TVO can be purchased for £10 each at St Patrick’s Hall and the Parish Office.