Residents urged to join in HQ’s birthday

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A 350-strong mass ‘selfie’, a free day’s racing for residents of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, the unveiling of two Royal statues and a Duxford fly-past, are just some of the special events planned to celebrate the 350th anniversary of racing at Newmarket.

Courses boss Amy Starkey outlined some of the special events which she said she hoped would bring the town and its world-famous racing industry even closer together.

“We are nothing without our community and we hope it will get as excited as we are about this very special anniversary,” she said.

At the celebration launch at the Jockey Club Room on Tuesday, she said that throughout the 39 fixtures staged at the town’s two racecourses this year, different elements of the 350th anniversary would be celebrated.

And on Tuesday April 12, the first day of the Craven Meeting, the traditional curtain raiser to the season at Newmarket, there will be free entry for Suffolk and Cambridgeshire residents as well as the chance for the first 350 bookers with a CB8 postcode to register for a free Discover Newmarket tour ahead of racing.

A statue of King Charles II, the monarch who started racing in Newmarket, is due to be unveiled at the July Course this summer and will later take up permanent residence at the Rowley Mile, the course named after the monarch’s hack. Follow the celebrations in the Journal and find out more at