Commemorating the history of Lewes Racecourse

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A grand parade will make its way through the town on Sunday, September 14, to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of Lewes Racecourse.

It will hopefully be led by the Southdown and Eridge Hunt, followed by up to 100 vintage cars spanning the years from around 1900-1964 and Mods and Rockers on scooters and motorbikes.

Also in the procession as it makes its way from North Street to the racecourse site will be people dressed in costumes from the Georgian era through to the Swinging Sixties.

On Race Hill there will be an array of stalls and sideshows, the best of Sussex food and drink and commentary from the last day of racing at Lewes which ended a history dating back to 1727.

What promises to be a memorable day of nostalgia and entertainment is in aid of Lewes Victoria Hospital.

Barry Foulkes, President of the organising committee, said: “We are in great need of more people to help with this event.”

If you would like to get involved or lend support in any way he can be contacted on 01825 761727, or email

Also sought are individual memories of a day at the races in the county town.

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