Balmoral Show 2010: Glimpse of bygone era reins the big crowd in
It was a glimpse back to a bygone era — a time when delivery drays and carriages lined up along the streets.
Hot on the heels of the Bolddog Lings, who awed the crowds with death-defying motorbike leaps high into the air over the main arena at the Balmoral Show, came their polar opposites — a neatly turned-out parade of horse and pony drawn carriages.
Winner of the Light Trade Turnouts was George Fawcett's magnificent black carriage driven by top-hatted Alex Fawcett and drawn by a pair of black Friesians — one of the first black taxis, according to the commentator.
A fascinated crowd watched as Liam Rooney won the Reserve driving a nut-brown Pickering float which was drawn by Jupiter, a chestnut gelding.
This outfit was about a century old and would once have been used to deliver groceries — the precursor of today's supermarket home delivery service.
Two straw-hatted drivers carried a milk churn in John Weir's bright yellow Pickering miniature float, a 100-year-old vehicle which once plied the streets of Liverpool and was now drawn by Milltown Boy, a grey pony,
Meanwhile, a bowler-hatted Jimmy Creighton from Saintfield drove a 19th century delivery dray which he had acquired 30 years ago in Liverpool, where it was once used for general deliveries. It was drawn by Sonic. And Lindsay Hanna's flat maroon delivery dray, branded Ballynahinch Building Supplies, was driven by Duke and Major.