SATURDAY 17th November 2012 was open day at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, and a programme of events was held and a few members of Northern Ireland Branch-British Driving Society were privileged to be invited to participate.
Taking part were Thomas Magill (Newcastle) accompanied by his wife, Joanne, driving their five year old Palomino Pony ‘Sunburst Boy’ to a varnished Governess Vehicle rebuilt by H and R Nicholson approximately four years ago.
James Creighton (Saintfield) accompanied by his Grandson Ruari harnessed ‘Felix’ an Irish Cob to a London Trolley built 80 years ago and fully restored by Gordon Cahoon.
James Bailie (Newtownards) with grand-daughter Jodie drove ‘Chesney’ to a Leftey Gig.
Jill Castles (Lurgan) drove Thomas Magill’s 10 year old Donkey ‘The Famous Black Jack’ to a basket weave Governess Vehicle built many years ago by Atkinson and Philipson (Newcastle, England).
L & M Carriages Ballyward (Mervyn Ward) accompanied by Liz Kelly harnessed a pair of Welsh Cobs ‘Fronarth Navigator’ and ‘Fronarth Cardi Express’ to a Wagonette.
All the participants wore period costumes in keeping with the 80th anniversary.
The sun shone and thousands of people of all ages came along to celebrate an enjoyable day at Stormont.
Northern Ireland Branch – British Driving Society convey sincere thanks to Maria Maginess, Office of the Speaker, for all her hard work with arrangements for a successful day.