Market Rasen Racecourse’s MansionBet Family Extravaganza on Sunday, 19th May, is to be themed on the 1940s.
The day will remember the part that Lincolnshire played in the Second World War, including the county’s setting as the ‘Home of the RAF’, the work of the Home Guard and the importance of agriculture and ‘Digging For Victory’ during the conflict.
As well as the jump racing, visitors will be able to look over vintage vehicles, browse the trade stands, watch re-enactment displays, take part in best dressed competitions and listen to live music. Even the food menus will have a wartime theme, while there will be bunting, colour and street jive dancing to represent the VE Day celebrations which took place on 8th May 1945 as fighting in Europe finally came to an end.
The racecourse is working with AGE UK, the racecourse’s charity of the year from June 2019, and Lincolnshire museums and trusts to deliver the 1940s day for the enjoyment of the public.
Lincolnshire is already marking the approach of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War in September, with the Bomber Gateway Trust formed with the aim of constructing an iconic art installation on the border of the county and Nottinghamshire.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said:
“We are delighted to be working with our partners, including our sponsor MansionBet and our new official racecourse charity AGE UK, to bring a family day of racing while remembering the 1940s. It was one of the most dramatic decades in history, with the terrible devastation of the Second World War as well as the subsequent new hope for future generations after the end of the conflict and a fresh beginning with, for example, the creation of the National Health Service.
“The county of Lincolnshire played a significant part in the war-time effort and we wish to remember the huge contribution and sacrifices that were made. All ages will be able to enjoy the activities that we will lay on during the MansionBet Family Extravaganza on Sunday, 19th May.”
General admission tickets are from £9 in advance. The Live Jive Dinner Dance Package available to purchase ahead of the day will have a 1940s music act. The offer, at £77 per person, includes a County Enclosure admission badge, a reserved table for the day, a 1940s themed three-course a la carte lunch, a Market Rasen cream tea, a raceday programme and betting facility. A £60 offer is also available, with two courses and without the cream tea.
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