Community mourns North-east farming stalwart

TURRIFF SHOW'(MCKENZIE/BROWN)''THE QUEEN WITH SHOW PRESIDENT BRUCE FERGUSON
TURRIFF SHOW'(MCKENZIE/BROWN)''THE QUEEN WITH SHOW PRESIDENT BRUCE FERGUSON

The farming community in the North-east is in shock following the death of Turriff Show president Bruce Ferguson in a tragic accident.

Mr Ferguson, 61, was found dead after apparently falling into a grain storage tank at his Ardmiddle Mains farm, near Turriff, on Saturday.

Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

Farming leaders, colleagues and politicians, including former First Minister and Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond, paid tribute to the prominent figure in the agricultural industry.

Mr Ferguson was appointed Turriff Show secretary in 1994 and remained at the helm until last year when he became president.

It was a particularly proud occasion for him last summer when he welcomed the Queen to the event to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

In October, Mr Ferguson was honoured by the Royal Northern Agricultural Soicety with an award for outstanding services to the farming industry.

The judges said he always went “beyond the call of duty”.

An architect by profession, Mr Ferguson grew up in Turriff and attended the local academy.

He is survived by his wife Kate, son Andrew and daughter Lisa.