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Thirsk Race Day

You will remember last month when Summer arrived in Yorkshire on the 19th April, we all got even more excited than we had been while anticipating our Day at the Races – it actually might turn out to be a sunny day on Saturday 20th April!  How lucky we were to wake to a beautiful warm, sunny, still morning.  All the gorgeous hats could be worn without fear of them blowing away and all those beautiful shoes could replace the wellies we all thought we would be wearing.   An added bonus was that no-one had to drive if they didn’t want to as transport was laid on from Goole and Northallerton.

Thirsk Race Course was all dressed up and looking forward to a great first race day of the season and right in the centre of the course, beside the finishing post, was the fabulous marquee for The Kerfoot Group in Kerfoot colours with our flag fluttering gently to announce our attendance!  There was a champagne reception on arrival and a band playing in the background – a knowledgeable (!) Tipster called Tom imparted some information regarding the horses running that day though I’m not sure any of his tips came in!!  There was also an ‘in house’ TOTE so that the serious business could be done without having to walk too far.  Everyone wandered outside for the racing and of course as it was track side and right by the finishing post it made the racing even more exciting being so ‘up close and personal’ with the runners; there were a few lucky winners among ‘the punters’! 

David Kerfoot was in for a surprise having a race named in his honour The David Kerfoot Chilling Out Stakes and he and Elizabeth were joined in the Winner’s Enclosure after the race by the eight longest serving employees (John Thompson, Karlene Scott, Dawn Whitehouse, Anthony Lawrence, Crispin Donaldson, Darren Breckon, Joanne Deighton and Denys Kay), when David presented the ‘Winner’s Trophy’. 

Our day at the races was by kind invitation from David and Elizabeth Kerfoot and I know that we all thank them for a truly wonderful day.

Diana Moses

PA to Chief Executive, Jennifer E. Kerfoot

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