Picture Gallery: Fashion stakes were high on ladies night

IT was hats off to Great Yarmouth Racecourse on Tuesday as another bumper – and very glamorous – crowd braved the breezy summer evening.

Thousands of racegoers showed their fashion form with bare legs and strappy sandals, their tousled locks further ruffled by the breeze.

Dressed up to the nines many had to hang on to all but the most firmly fixed fascinators, while those who dared to bare with shorts or floaty minis had a battle on their hands against the unseasonal gusts.

For most it was a chance to mingle with what was happening with the horses thundering around the track merely a distraction, although many placed bets too.

Racecourse manager Glenn Tubby said a 4,400 strong crowd turned out on the night, a 10pc increase on the previous year and just 200 short of the all time record attendance for Ladies Night – one of the track’s most popular fixtures. He added tickets for the course’s Premier Enclosure had sold out in advance, which had not happened at previous Ladies Nights.

With so many first past the post in the fashion stakes it was hard to pick a winner but the �700 prize for the Betst Dressed Lady went to Sophi Parkes, from Burgh Castle who received �500 of Debenhams gifts and �200 of Hairbase vouchers. Music entertainment was provided by a Tom Jones tribute act.

Pimm’s fans were also in seventh heaven as the racecourse created a Pimm’s village adding to the glass chinking buzzy atmosphere.

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Mr Tubby said: “It was a really good night and a good turnout even though there was quite a cold north-easterly breeze blowing.”

Having caught up with friends one racegoer wants to catch up with a men’s gold bracelet – her husband’s – lost in the Premier Enclosure. Kathy Buller said the bracelet is hugely sentimental. Contact her on 01493 442696 or 07798 781099.