High Street is paved with Turf history

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Newmarket’s Legends of the Turf commemorative walk will be officially unveiled in the High Street on Wednesday.

The first paving stones, bearing the names of the town’s first six racing legends, will be dedicated in a ceremony hosted by the Jockey Club.

The project is the work of a group of councillors, residents, local history enthusiasts and racing industry representatives whose aim was to make the town and its visitors more aware of the legends of the sport that have made it famous worldwide.

Journal content editor Alison Hayes, is a member of the group, which is chaired by Newmarket deputy mayor and town trainer, John Berry. Earlier this year, the Journal gave readers the chance to play their part in the selection of the first six names to be honoured.

The names they chose were legendary racehorses Hyperion and Frankel, jockeys Fred Archer and Lester Piggott, trainer Sir Henry Cecil, and Sir John Astley, the founder of the Astley Institute for stable and stud staff.

The walk will be unveiled in the presence of connections of the various Legends by children from local schools who will be presented with racing number cloths used last year in the world’s oldest race, the Newmarket Town Plate. The project has been funded by Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council and Newmarket Town Council, as well as individuals and organisations. Further details, including biographies of the six inaugural Legends, can be found on the website www.legendsoftheturf.org.uk.