Heroes of the armed forces will be front line at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday March 24, when the track stages its first ever Gentlemen’s Day in support of the Armed Forces.
The racecourse and Exeter-based 6 Rifles have combined forces to create an action packed day that will also be a fund raiser for the Army’s national charity, the Army Benevolent Fund.
And it won’t just be horses that pull in the crowds as a spokesman from 6 Rifles explained: “The Rifles is the Army’s largest infantry Regiment, with five regular and three reserve units, and a wide range of roles and capabilities: 6 RIFLES will showcase some of The Rifles key equipment and capabilities, providing an interactive display involving the impressive Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle and a capability stand. There will also be a climbing wall, provided by the Army’s regional Outreach Team. The Salamanca Band and Bugles will be on hand to provide a taste of the regiments unique history and traditions.”
The Rifles, on behalf of the Army in the South West, has its headquarters at Wyvern Barracks, Exeter and is looking to build closer links with civic and business organisations across the region.
The racecourse’s General Manager Jack Parkinson said: “With this in mind, a collaboration with the racecourse works perfectly and we are absolutely thrilled to be supporting 6 Rifles and the Armed Forces.
“With the superb Salamanca Band here for the day, and so much additional entertainment for our racegoers to enjoy, we hope we’ll really be able to showcase the invaluable work of the armed forces while creating a raceday to remember and raising plenty of money for the ABF.”
With incredible prizes on offer for the best dressed gentlemen, including a one off chance to enjoy a ceremonial dinner at Wyvern Barracks, it’s a day to embrace the Westcountry’s armed forces.
Entry for Under 18s is free.
Seven races make up the card with the first off at 2.10pm with gates open at 12.10pm when the Salamanca Band will be playing.