Grant to celebrate Lewes’ racing history

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Lewes Racecourse Club is to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Sharing Heritage’ grant.

An exciting project, marking the 50th anniversary of the closure of Lewes Racecourse, is being led by the club and has been given £7,800 to revive an important part of the county town’s past.

The aim of the club is to highlight the historic importance of the racecourse and the racing industry to the town.

A weekend programme of fun and informative events is being organised for September, including a free all-day exhibition at The White Hart Hotel on the 13th and a unique parade of vintage and classic cars though the town on the 14th, culminating in a carnival at the site of the old racecourse which will feature a feast of family entertainment.

The project also aims to provide a legacy for the town in the form of memorabilia, artefacts and recorded memories. The project team is keen to reach out to schools so that local children are aware of this important part of their town’s history.

Commenting on the award, club founder Barry Foulkes said: “Five decades have passed since the last ever horse race was held in the spectacular South Downs setting of Lewes Racecourse.

“Racing took place there for at least 237 years and we are determined that the 50th anniversary of the course’s closure is appropriately marked.

“This will be a fun and interesting event and our efforts will also create a legacy so that this key period of Lewes’s past will live on.”