Photo gallery: Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign backed at Fakenham Racecourse’s ladies’ day

19:28 01 June 2014

Tom Fitzpatrick presented a trophy to winning jockey James Banks at the end of

Tom Fitzpatrick presented a trophy to winning jockey James Banks at the end of 'The EDP Fakenham Fire Appeal Fund Novice's Handicap' race. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant © 2014

Thousands of racegoers have been urged to support victims of the Fakenham fire through the EDP’s Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign.

Fakenham Racecourse helped to promote our appeal at ladies’ day on Sunday.

The fourth race was named The EDP Fakenham Fire Appeal Fund Novices’ Hanicap Hurdle Race.

Fakenham Racecourse chief executive David Hunter and North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) leader Tom FitzPatrick urged people to support the campaign and thanked Fakenham firefighters, who were given a free day’s racing, for their bravery.

Mr FitzPatrick, who presented a prize to winning jockey James Banks, said: “The appeal is great because even where people are insured there is a shock factor and they need immediate support. It can be the difference between a small business surviving and not surviving at a time like this.”

Fakenham Racecourse has donated £500 to the campaign and, yesterday, bookmakers added £250.

To donate, make cheques payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and take it to your nearest EDP office or send it to: The NCF, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1SH.


  • I have to say I agree with Snoopy. It was a lovely old building which I will miss along with many memories of shopping there over many years. Since it became the factory shop I hardly used it because cheap plastic items and gifts from China don't really feature on my shopping list. So I won't miss that. Also agree about the insurance. We should just clean up the area and move on. Nobody was injured or killed thankfully. I also feel the Vicar at Fakenham is making a meal of it. Every opportunity and he's on the radio or in the papers discussing it but it was only a bit of smoke in there. Nothing to fuss about at all.

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    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • You really are making a meal of this fire Archant. It's not that bad. Its only really one rubbish shop gone and the whole thing can be rebuilt. Everyone is insured, or at least they should be and it's their fault if they're not. So what is the appeal meant to be for?

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    Sunday, June 1, 2014

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