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Fakenham Ladies Day racing draws in big crowd




The boss of Fakenham Racecourse hailed a “fantastic day” for the 2019 Ladies Day meeting and condemned a small fight that broke out at the end as “unacceptable.”

Spectacular hats were on show
Spectacular hats were on show

Just under 5,000 spectators were in attendance for the event on Sunday, which was sponsored by Jarrold Department Store.

David Hunter, chief executive of the racecourse, said: “There was exciting racing, no serious spills for horses or jockeys and a really happy crowd.

Scenes from the 2019 Ladies Day Race meeting, held at Fakenham Racecourse Picture: Matthew Usher
Scenes from the 2019 Ladies Day Race meeting, held at Fakenham Racecourse Picture: Matthew Usher

“The ladies made a great effort and we are very grateful for how they dressed for the occasion.”

Ladies Day has been running for “five or six years” now in its current form.

“A lot of hard work was put in to get it on this year because there has been so much hot weather so we needed to irrigate the ground,” Mr Hunter added.

Scenes from the 2019 Ladies Day Race meeting, held at Fakenham Racecourse - The crowds at the races. Picture: Matthew Usher
Scenes from the 2019 Ladies Day Race meeting, held at Fakenham Racecourse - The crowds at the races. Picture: Matthew Usher

The one sour note of the day was a fight involving two or three men, which broke out during an evening disco after the races were completed.

Mr Hunter said he was furious about the incident, adding: “There is no room for that at any racecourse in the country, let alone Fakenham.

2019 Ladies Day Race meeting at Fakenham Racecourse Picture: Matthew Usher
2019 Ladies Day Race meeting at Fakenham Racecourse Picture: Matthew Usher

“It was not a great way to end the day but no-one was hurt at least.

“I will be working with the police and taking the appropriate action.”

Just under 5,000 spectators attended
Just under 5,000 spectators attended
Ladies Day Race meeting Picture: Matthew Usher
Ladies Day Race meeting Picture: Matthew Usher
Crowds flocked to the event
Crowds flocked to the event
2019 Ladies Day Race meeting, held at Fakenham Racecourse; Picture: Matthew Usher
2019 Ladies Day Race meeting, held at Fakenham Racecourse; Picture: Matthew Usher
Dogs are welcome
Dogs are welcome

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