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Racecourse remembers the fallen

Press Release 18th November 2018 Cheltenham

Today's Armistice Centenary celebrations with Gloucestershire and Racing Remember started with an Act of Remembrance in the parade ring.
Various uniformed representatives of the Services, including the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and Glosters, stood to attention in the sunlit parade ring as the Ode of Remembrance, from Laurence Binyon's poem For The Fallen, was read.
The Last Post was played and the large crowd surrounding the parade ring and winner's enclosure bowed their heads for the minute's silence. Present was Edward Gillespie, the new Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and former Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse.
There is an aerial combat display above the racecourse at 12.30pm, and a parade on the track at 1.30pm, after which the salute will be taken by HRH The Princess Royal.
The Centaur plays host to a wide range of WW1-themed activities and displays all day. Cheltenham Racecourse acted as a hospital during the War, and visitors to the racecourse today can learn more about the part it and Cheltenham Ladies' College played in tending to the wounded. There are modern infantry equipment displays, a half-size Sopwith Camel, tributes to local war poets, a model field hospital and displays of war medals.
The Jockey Club has produced a free 12-page supplement for racegoers commemorating WW1 and the part that both the racing community and Cheltenham Racecourse played during that period.


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