From the Belfast Telegraph, __ May 1961:
It’s Still Tough Going West
It’s tough, traveling west in a covered wagon – whether you are heading for Salt Lake City or for the Ormeau Embankment.
The hazards of a journey from Dundonald were fully experienced by the Relief Society of Ireland’s float which set out for the Lord Mayor’s show last Saturday. Reports have just filtered through to me.
The float – a covered wagon complete with pioneer family, fire, pots, cradle, butter churn, and two lads with rifles to ensure ‘safety in the home’ – was making good progress to the assembly point when disaster struck.
A wheel sheared off. With true pioneer spirit, they set about repairing it. Even though it turned out to be a major engineering task needing expert help, the wagon was soon rolling again.
But it arrived fire minutes too late for the judging – and all three judges commented that they would have had no hesitation in awarding it a major prize.
It happens like that – traveling west!
(The float was built by the Scottish-Irish Mission Relief Society, under the direction of Relief Society President Nada R. Brockbank. Costumed members of the Church who rode with the covered wagon were: Joan Farbus, E. Gamble, E. Bruce, M. Brookes, Susan and Kay Brookes, Simone Farbus, Sally Jane Gamble, and Vivian Friers.)