A racing reminiscence day will be held at Catterick Racecourse later this month
The event run in partnership with Racing Welfare will take place on Thursday, May 25 alongside flat racing action on the track.
Racing Welfare hold regular racing reminiscence coffee mornings for retired racing beneficiaries, where attendees can get together and chat about times gone by, with the aim of helping to combat loneliness.
As Catterick’s race day takes place on the Racing Together Community Day, racing’s national day of volunteering in support of local communities, it offered the opportunity for the team at Catterick to host a reminiscence day at the racecourse.
Gail Burton-Pye, welfare officer at Racing Welfare, said: “We are really excited to be working with Catterick Racecourse to deliver our Racing Reminiscence Day.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for Racing Welfare to share some of the amazing memories and memorabilia that has been kindly donated by our retirees with Catterick’s racegoers.
“Please do come along and have a look.”
Racegoers will have the opportunity to view a display of memorabilia and stories from over the years in the paddock café and main entrance, as well as enjoying memories of the course in the racecard and on the big screens on the day.
In addition, Racing Welfare will have a dedicated area in the paddock café for anyone looking to enjoy a coffee and a chat.
Furthermore, Racing Welfare have put together a quiz to test racegoers memories and the winner will receive a voucher for two grandstand and paddock admission tickets to a Catterick raceday of their choice in 2023.
Emma Stevenson, general commercial manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Racing Welfare and we are looking forward to welcoming their beneficiaries to Catterick on 25 May.
“It’s been wonderful learning more about the history of the course and hearing some of our racegoer’s memories in the lead up to this event.”
There are seven races scheduled on the day, with the first race at 2.10pm and the last at 5.12pm.
The feature race on the day is the British EBF 40th Anniversary Fillies’ Handicap Stakes scheduled for 4.40pm while loyal supporters of Catterick Races and local bookmaker Vickers Bet, sponsor the fifth race on the card, the Download The Vickers.Bet App Handicap Stakes.
The gates will open to the public from 12 noon, and a free shuttle bus will run between Richmond Market Place and the racecourse from one hour prior to the first race.
Tickets and hospitality are available to book now, while racegoers can take advantage of advanced and group booking ticket discounts either online or over the phone by ordering at least 48 hours ahead of gates opening. As with all of Catterick’s fixtures, under 18’s race free.