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Redcar raceday fit for a hero

Locals are being encouraged to support the Armed Forces at Redcar Racecourse’s Help For Heroes Family Fun Day this month.

The annual event on Sunday 19th July will support Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and The Felix Fund, a bomb disposal charity based in Catterick Garrison.

Thousands of families from across the North East are expected to attend what is set to be a fantastic day out including bouncy castles, climbing walls, assault courses, and the Crow’s Fair funfair.

There will also be a parade along the final furlong of the racecourse by the armed service standard bearers, which will culminate in a two minute silence to remember all those who have served in the forces.  Serving and former armed service personnel are welcome to join in the parade that will take place immediately after the 3.05pm race.

The parade will be led by Eric Howden, 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 70th anniversary of VE and VJ days.  It’s a very unique year for our armed services!

“We know the public will come out in force to support the vital work of the chosen forces charities.”

A number of serving and former armed service personnel will be at the event including members of the Royal Logistics Corps, the Yorkshire Regiment, the Merchant Navy, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and the Royal Artillery.

Any serving or former military personnel wearing their medals with an MOD90 card or HM Armed Forces Veteran badge will get free entry into the racecourse on the day in recognition of their service.

The charities will be fundraising at Redcar Racecourse, and members of the armed forces attending will have the opportunity to present winning connections with their prizes.

Amy Fair, general manager of Redcar Racecourse commented: “We can’t wait for the Help For Heroes Family Fun Day! It’s always a proud day for us, supporting such good causes.”

The raceday is the second day of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival and all accompanied children aged 17 and under can come racing for free.

For a chance to win VIP tickets the racecourse is also running a prize draw on its social media accounts. A winner will be randomly selected and will enjoy a day to remember with friends or family.

The remainder of the 2015 season at Redcar has three other feature racedays; Caribbean Carnival Day on 8th August, Ladies’ and Gents’ Evening on 29th August and the famous Two Year Old Trophy on Saturday 3rd October.

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/

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