IT WAS a sad time when Lewes Racecourse closed in 1964. The racing community never recovered, although a couple of training stables have lasted up until the present day.
A lot of wealth left the town over that period, as well as a lot of excitement.
The aptly-titled Lewes Racecourse fund raising club has now started work on the 50th anniversary of the closure.
Special events to commemorate the time will be held on September 13 and 14, 2014. All money raised will go to Lewes Victoria Hospital.
A spokesman said: ‘We are hoping to have a website set up soon plus a series of 10 newsletters which will explain some of the events that took place on the race hill over the past 200 years.
‘We are putting together all the information we can find from 1727, when the race course opened, to 1964 and intend to give Lewes a grand weekend with lots of events going on.’
The club needs a few more members to help with with the event, plus researchers to brouse through more than 200 years of racing form books! Anyone interested should telephone 01825 761727 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org