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Knavesmire hosts annual Press Family Raceday
CHILDREN’S TV favourite Peppa Pig followed the path of racing legends as thousands of visitors enjoyed a day at York Racecourse with a difference.
Knavesmire yesterday played host to the annual Press Family Raceday, with bands playing, faces being painted and relaxed dress codes as children got a free taste of the sporting life.
Families were able to have a punt on seven thoroughbred races and the final of the Charles Owen pony racing series, as well as enjoying the Racecourse’s interactive racing zone and bouncy castle, having a picnic on the open bank and welcoming Peppa as she drove down the course.
“It’s been a lovely day and, considering what the weather forecast was like at one point, people who kept the faith have been rewarded with an absolutely smashing afternoon,” said the Racecourse’s marketing manager, James Brennan.
“There has been a lot of excitement about Peppa Pig, bands playing in the background and North Yorkshire-trained winners. And while we’re used to close finishes at the Racecourse, one of the closest we’ve had was in the face-painting competition!
“The Press Family Raceday has a special feel to it. It’s our only Sunday meeting and it’s unique in other ways, with the relaxation of dress codes and a younger audience.
Many people with racing connections bring their own children and grandchildren, and our youngest visitor, who came along with one of our sponsors, was just a couple of months old.”
Steve Hughes, managing editor of The Press, said: “The Family Raceday just goes from strength to strength, and we are very pleased the racecourse gives this opportunity to local families and people who maybe aren’t regular racegoers to enjoy such a great day out.”
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