Young musicians to benefit from tractor revamp

Mark Ferguson with his V8 Fordson.

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Eilidh MacLeod. Photograph courtesy of Piping Press.

Tractor enthusiast Mark Ferguson will be sprucing up his V8 Fordson Super Major to raise awareness and funding for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust.

Once revamped the tractor will act as a unique focal point for the music-based charity at a variety of shows, events and country fairs all over Britain to raise awareness of Eilidh’s Trust and its ambition to give the 14-year-old Manchester Arena victim a legacy through youth music education.

Cheshire-based Mark is now seeking support to undertake the facelift and has launched his Purple Tractor project to fund the work.

The trust was established in 2018 in memory of Eilidh MacLeod from the Isle of Barra who died along with 21 others in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017.

Mark was related to Eilidh through his wife. The trust supports music education for young people reflecting Eilidh’s own musical ability and enjoyment as a piper with the local Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band.

The trust will also manage and maintain a permanent memorial to Eilidh and a garden of remembrance and reflection on Barra.

The tractor will be painted in the trust’s purple colours and be fully branded with the charity’s logo, website and social media details. The final artwork will also include the iconic Manchester Bee with one for each of the 22 victims.

‘In addition to its function as an exhibition piece, the tractor will also provide staging for local pipe bands and other youth music groups to perform on,’ added Mark.

The project can be supported via the Purple Tractor crowdfunder.