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Warwick residents urged to support new carnival plans at racecourse

Steve Carpenter 18th Mar, 2016 Updated: 13 hours ago

RESIDENTS and businesses in Warwick are being urged to play their part in an exciting new carnival launched by Warwick Racecourse.

The Warwick May Racing Carnival will see three meetings in the spring linked together – including a raceday dedicated to celebrating all that is great about the town of Warwick.

The Proudly Warwick Raceday is being held on the evening of Saturday, May 7 and will feature a medieval banquet dinner and a host of opportunities for local businesses to showcase their companies.

All CV34 residents will be entitled to £10 admission on the gate and will be entered into a prize draw to win annual memberships to Warwick Racecourse.

To get Warwick in the carnival mood, shops are being invited to dress their shop windows in the style of ‘A Day at the Races’. The winning shop will receive a prize of £250, along with two tickets to the Proudly Warwick Banquet.

Proudly Warwick is sandwiched in between the Wonderful Warwick Family Raceday on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2 and the Think Pink Warwick Ladies Day on Wednesday, May 18.

Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, said one of the main aims of the carnival is to foster strong links between the racecourse and the town.

“We’re delighted to be launching this new sporting celebration”, he said.

“I’ve been in my post since November, and I’ve been really encouraged by the momentum we’ve been building in attracting people to the venue.

“There is however still a lot of work to do to raise the profile of the racecourse and what we are trying to do amongst the local community, and this is what the Warwick May Racing Carnival is all about.

“For me, there is not one day or event in our fixture list that endears itself to the people of Warwick, and it is my hope that the creation of the May Racing Carnival will rectify this major omission.

“We are busy setting about our work to try and create something new and special, and we want as many people and businesses to be part of it.

“We are hoping to attract a crowd of 12,000 people across the three days, and there’s a number of ways the events can help promote our neighbouring businesses to a captive audience.

“Anyone keen to be involved is welcome to give me a call, nip down to the track, or one of our team will pop and see you in the town.”

For further details call 01926 405 560, email warwick@thejockeyclub.co.uk or go to www.warwickracecourse.co.uk.

The Proudly Warwick Shop Window Dressing Contest runs from April 21, with winners announced on Wednesday, May 4.