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Day at the Races Castle Fraser

On Saturday the 29th of June the glitz and glamour of the races complete with VIP hospitality, a stunning Scottish castle venue, high profile star guests and fun, fur and frolics from the off will take place with an added ‘twist in the tail’!

Day at the Races Castle Fraser Aberdeenshire

The amazing charity North East Sensory Services (NESS) and local event company George Walker Event Management has teamed up with CHC Helicopter firm to bring a major summer event to Aberdeenshire for the very first time.

Until now a day at the races has always meant that keen racegoers had to travel miles to attend, with Perth Racecourse being the closest venue available to Aberdeen. However, the 2019 Day at the Races will mean families and enthusiasts can experience the live atmosphere of a truly unique race meeting right here at Castle Fraser.

Everyone’s getting involved and when the full fixtures list is revealed you won’t find the ordinary runners and riders in print. Bring on the camels, cheer on the children on their beloved ponies and place your bets on which celebrity jockey you favour in the first ever ‘Celebrity Hobby Horse Grand National!’

There will be charity betting, great food and paddock bars open all day. Ringside entertainments and frequent viewing of the Parade Ring is highly recommended. Why not join in? Kids and big kids’ races will have winner medals and prizes galore.

The charity’s Chief Executive Graham Findlay says:

We are delighted to be working with George Walker Event Management to run this unique event for NESS. We support 6,500 Blind and Deaf people across the North East and we hope that this amazing day out will generate vital funds to support the wide range of services NESS provides

George Walker Event Management is delighted to be organising yet another large-scale project in Aberdeenshire, having been responsible for the famous Emmerdale Extravaganza, Grampian Country Fair and Fyvie Live Concert to name but a few that have all helped him to raise over £2million for various great causes. They are on board to support the charity for a year-long campaign to help raise awareness and funds.

George Walker OBE explains further:

I can image that living with a sensory loss can be a hugely challenging and at times a very lonely existence. I have learned so much about the vital work NESS does to help improve the lives of so many across the North East of Scotland. We hope to raise as much as we possibly can with this brand-new exciting day at the races – everyone has been so kind in lending their support to the day so far and we can’t wait to have some fun at the same time!

George and his wife Jenny are also very experienced equestrians. On leaving school both pursued careers in the industry, with George beginning a long career with horses firstly in racing stables. Their son George Junior (age 13) is a keen horseman at their busy yard and daughter Millie (age 9) is making her way in junior Show jumping having already recently qualified for her very first small Grand Prix and The British Show Jumping National Championships with her little black beauty pony Cosmic Chaos.

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