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Tractor donation pulls fund-raising drive forward

Fr Declan Boland atop the grey Ferguson TVO tractor which has been donated to the Church of the Immaculate Conception’s restoration effort. Picture: Jim Devlin.

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.

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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.

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