Ladies Day comes to Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Feathers on fascinators quivered in the breeze and high heels trod a careful path through lush grass as Ladies Day arrived at a Norfolk racecourse.

Today racing fans young and old flocked from across the country to the third and final day of The Eastern Festival, a celebration of all things equine held at Great Yarmouth's Racecourse.

But the afternoon also saw splashes of colour and glamour as many graced the grounds in their best outfits- some bought for the occasion- with one in particular impressing.

It was shortly after horse Verse of Love was pipped to the post by Always et Toujours on the final straight to groans and cheers alike that at 3.40pm a panel of judges picked out their best dressed lady of the day in the parade ring.

Beating Sandie Coker, of Great Yarmouth, and Rebecca Lowe, of Lowestoft, 36-year-old Lisa Mcadle won an 18ct gold diamond pendant and the congratulations of Channel 4 racing personality Derek Thompson.


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She said: 'This is my third year here and last year I came runner up but I've never won so it's absolutely brilliant to win this time. I like the races, especially Great Yarmouth's, and I will definitely be back next time.'

Elsewhere, sitting in the champagne bar-catered VIP area and enjoying herself was Caroline Martin, of Norwich. A managing director of an office equipment firm, the 48-year-old was there with her two sisters and mother.

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She said: 'I come because I just think Ladies Day offers a great time to get dressed up and enjoy a day with the family. It's a girls' afternoon out and I hope I can get a couple of winners too, though I've not had any yet.'

Her specially bought black and white outfit risked causing a stir, however.

'My boyfriend is a Sunderland supporter and these are Newcastle colours so I have to wear this when I'm not with him,' she joked.

And with races running over the afternoon, another enthusiast hoping to strike it lucky was Sharron Wetherell, of Brundall, who was there with husband Matthew.

'This is our fourth year here and we just enjoy the day out and the great atmosphere of the place,' she said.

•Are you putting on a glitzy event? Contact reporter John Owens on 01603 772439.

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