Day at the races in Lewes in aid of Cliffe Bonfire Society

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Cliffe Bonfire Society is bringing nagging back. But people needn’t get too worried, because the nags are all wooden and don’t make a sound.

That doesn’t mean to say that silence rules when they are on display. Screaming and shouting go hand in hand with these nags as they head to the finish line in a full race card at The Dorset Arms on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 25.

The giant dice and the wooden horses will again be straining at the starting gate at 3pm on that day as punters vie for trackside seats.

Organiser Sarah Clowes said: “These races are better than the real thing. Spectators get really carried away and yell and shout at the ponies, as if their cloth ears could hear people urging them to race faster. But the excitement is fantastic and adds great atmosphere to a day of fun.”

As usual, tic tac men will be on the spot for punters to get the odds from 2pm onwards and bets will be placed ready for the first race an hour later.

At this ‘Day at The Races’, everyone is a winner because all the takings will go towards paying for the annual dramatic fireworks display that Cliffe traditionally delivers on November 5.

Sarah added: “Roll up to this race extravaganza and see your horse gallop to victory. It’s exciting stuff.”