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  • Rob Marrs

Chester Races Family Day


In the spring of 2015, the Committee considered various options for a summer event to add to the Association’s calendar. The President, Mr Harry Crook, suggested the possibility of “a day at the races.” Chester City club have had an agreement with Chester Racecourse for some years that allows them to make a block booking for the summer Family Day race meeting. The City Club were kind enough to agree to allow the Caledonian Association to share in this arrangement. Harry had negotiated a package that included, for a ticket price of £80 per couple, a pre-race buffet at the City Club and a pair of tickets for the County Stand plus access to the City Club chalet in the centre of the course. As an added bonus, children under 17 were able to attend free of charge.

Around 40 members of the Association including partners, family and guests gathered at the City Club at 11.30 before enjoying an excellent buffet. Harry gave out the badges and informed the racegoers that there had been a change of plan. Instead of the County Stand, they had been allocated a Private Box.

The Caledonian contingent set off to join the crowds walking down Watergate Street towards the racecourse. Fortunately, the weather was good so the ladies didn’t need to worry about their immaculate coiffures and finest frocks. Even the men looked smart in their jackets and ties. The Private Box was a revelation. The spacious room had half a dozen large, circular tables next to patio doors that opened directly on to a balcony with superb views over the racecourse. A private bar and a personal “bookmaker” meant that you didn’t need to leave the area although many members took the opportunity to explore the racecourse.

Alas, your correspondent did not profit greatly from the meeting – it was back to work the next day. He is not sure whether other members of the Association won enough to change their lives but, win or lose financially, it was an excellent day out for all the family. Should the possibility of another Family Race day arise next year, Chester Caledonian will accept it eagerly.

Finally, those who attended would like to thank Harry for organising this year’s Race Day.

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