Photo gallery: A look back at our archive with a tribute to our racing photographs from past decades

Sunday, November 11, 2012
8.00 AM

Norfolk has long been associated with The Sport of Kings and this week we feature a few of our racing photographs from past decades.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse paddock is the subject of our first photo, taken on the first day of racing. The date is unknown, but presumably in the 1950s (1).

Our photographer visited Kirby Bedon for a Point-to-Point in March 1950 and took this fine shot of the scene (2).

Flixton staged a Point-to-Point in April of the same year, with this close-up of the action on the day (3).

At Fakenham races in April 1955 River Buoy, ridden by owner Major E.W.O.T. Wilson, holds off the challenge of Treasurer to win the Queen’s Cup at the West Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase meeting (4).

The Queen, accompanied by her sister Princess Margaret, visited Sporle Point-to-Point in 1956 (5).

And here is a shot of the action on that day (6).

An aerial shot of Yarmouth Racecourse is next, taken in July 1963 (7).

In 1968 Hethersett was the venue for the Norfolk and Suffolk Foxhounds Point-to-Point (8).

Dunston Harriers Ladies’ Open Race was held in March 1969. On the left is the eventual winner, Mrs. J. Oyler on Dynusa (9).

Finally, an exciting photo finish at Yarmouth races in July 1973. Good Courage and Tattenham Fair (owned by Mr. Albert Botton of Yarmouth Pleasure Beach) are neck and neck. Good Courage got the verdict (10).

- If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them then you can email

- To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit or telephone Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.