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Pink Fergie to lead Black Isle tractor convoy as supporters show true colours for Breast Cancer Now charity drive ahead of family fun day at Shawpark Farm in Munlochy

By Hector MacKenzie

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Caroline and Ian MacRae are ready to roll!
Caroline and Ian MacRae are ready to roll!

A POIGNANT Black Isle tractor run delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic will this Saturday turn heads across the Black Isle as part of a colourful fundraiser for a cancer charity.

Iain and Caroline MacRae of Shawpark Farm, Munlochy, had planned to hold an event in aid of Breast Cancer Now in 2020.

Cancer survivor Caroline is keen to raise awareness as well as funding – and a beautiful tractor in the charity's pink colours will be amongst the 80-plus involved in an event which culminates in a family fun day at the farm from 2pm.

The charity tractor run will leave from Highland Grain, Tore from 9am proceeding through Munlochy, North Kessock, Muir of Ord, Conon and Maryburgh, Dingwall Mart before arriving at Shawpark Farm where spectators can check them out.

On their return the farm fun day opens with an array of activities for all ages. A kids mini tractor run, stock judging, sheep, cattle, alpacas, pygmy goats, Shetland ponies and a Highland dancing display are planned. The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) will also attend with the chance to milk Daisy the Cow.

Local businesses have generously donated some fantastic raffle prizes.

The lovingly restored 1960 Fordson up for auction.
The lovingly restored 1960 Fordson up for auction.

And an auction will culminate in the sale of the family’s 1960 Fordson Power Major TSA 696 which has been lovingly restored by close family friend, Hamish Fraser.

The approximate schedule – which is subject to change – for the tractor run is:

Black Isle Grain Group, Tore - Leaving from 9am.

Munlochy – 9.30am.

North Kessock – 9.45am

Muir of Ord – 10.15am

Conon and Maryburgh – 10.45am

Dingwall Mart – 11.15am to 12.45pm

Culbokie – 1.15pm

Shawpark Farm – arriving from 2pm.

The fun day from 2pm will include stock judging; kids farm and play area; charity auction and raffle; Highland dancing display; stunt bikes and catering and a licensed bar.

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