150 stories in 150 days
The biggest Tay Street crowds during the Queen's 1954 visit gathered on March 15 for the Elephant Charity Stakes.
Six elephants - Alice, Zara, Sue, Jumbo, Peggy and Betty - were touring the South Island, drawing huge crowds for charity races.
Interest was keen, the elephants even had printed form.
"Peggy, a winner at her last two starts in Dunedin and Gore, could make the Invercargill race three in a row. However, at her last two starts she has been ridden by women, and will be at a disadvantage with a male rider aboard.
"Jumbo, who has been consistently placed throughout her New Zealand engagements, would be the one to test Peggy. Jumbo has a passion for ice-cream, and once in sight of the 2 1/2 gallon stake is likely to spreadeagle the field."
As it happened Jumbo, sponsored by The Southland Times and ridden by Garth George, was the winner on the day - "by a head, with a short trunk back to the little-fancied fast finishing Betty."
The real winner on the day was charity with Lions Clubs members collecting £403 from the crowd.
- The Southland Times