Locals came together on Sunday (19 July) in aid of the Armed Forces at Redcar Racecourse’s Help For Heroes Family Fun Day.
The annual event supported Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, and The Felix Fund, a bomb disposal charity based in Catterick Garrison.
Over 3,500 people from across the North East attended the successful day out which included bouncy castles, climbing walls, assault courses and the Crow’s Fair funfair.
Alongside the eight races, the armed service standard bearers held a parade down the race track to remember all those who served in the forces. The crowds of racegoers showed their respects with a two minute silence.
The parade was led by Eric Howden, Chairman of Redcar Royal British Legion, who was a member of the Royal Army Ordinance Corps serving in Germany and Singapore.
Eric commented: “This is a very important year for the armed services, being the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, the 100th anniversary of the Somme, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and the 70thanniversary of VE and VJ days. It’s a very unique year for our armed services!”
As well as friends and families, a number of serving and former armed service personnel attended the event including members of the Royal Logistics Corps, the Yorkshire Regiment, the Merchant Navy, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Artillery, and the Armed Forces Bikers.
Serving and former military personnel were granted free entry into the racecourse in recognition of their service.
Amy Fair, general manager of Redcar Racecourse said: “Our Help for Heroes Family Fun Day is always a huge success and we are always very proud to support such good causes. It was lovely to see such a great turnout of standard bearers and cadets in the parade and the racecourse was eerily quiet as racegoers showed their respect during the two minute silence”
The raceday was the second day of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, a week of racing in Yorkshire starting at Ripon on Saturday 17th July and encompassing all 9 of the Yorkshire courses to culminate at Pontefract on Sunday 26th July.
The remainder of the 2015 season at Redcar has three more feature racedays; Caribbean Carnival Day on 8th August, Ladies’ and Gents’ Evening on 29th August, and the famous Two Year Old Trophy on Saturday 3rdOctober.
There are many hospitality options from the Dine & View package in the Crow’s Nest Restaurant, to racegoers’ packages including admission, a racecard, food and drink.
Parties of 10 or more can also save over 20% when they book their Grandstand or Course Enclosure admission tickets in advance.
For more information visit http://www.redcarracing.co.uk/
For more information on Help for Heroes visit http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
For more information on the Royal British Legion visit http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
For more information on the Felix Fund visit http://www.felixfund.org.uk/