Along with six others students on the same course, they decided to take an old grey Fergie tractor and drive it from one end of country to the other for Help For Heroes. The 1946 grey Fergie was rescued and renovated by Edward and his mates. Then they spent a lot of time on the phone calling as many agricultural based businesses they could think of for donations and received many generous responses.
They are now well on their way and happened to be passing close by home last week and called in with their tractor support vehicle and trailer for a pit stop.
They were full of stories about their journey so far, telling us of how they had met old Grey Fergie enthusiast on the way and how they helped them with spare parts, overnight camping and food. We let them use the shower; we washed their clothes, fed them dinner and let them sleep in beds for the night. After breakfast the following morning we were happy to see them continue on their way.
Unfortunately they hadn’t travelled far (Somerton) when the tractor broke down; back they came to sit around our table with long faces; tired and dejected and desperate to find someone with the spares they needed for the old grey Fergie. The answer lay just down the road in Sparkford with Jason Smith and his bygone tractor garage. The whole day was spent repairing the old girl and that evening in the Sparkford Inn the lads recovered their spirits with a curry and the odd pint.
The next morning after a big breakfast off they set again. All day we thought we could hear a tractor coming down the lane. We eventually received a phone call that evening saying they had been sighted in Devon and so on to Land’s End.
The website for the Charity is: www.grey-fergie.co.uk