Northumberland Plate Day proves huge success once again

Saturday’s Northumberland Plate Day proved to be a huge success as around 20,000 racegoers from across the region turned out in style

Northumberland Plate Day at Newcastle Racecourse

Fancy frocks and stylish headwear were on show at one of the biggest events in the racing calendar.

And Saturday’s Northumberland Plate Day proved to be a huge success as around 20,000 racegoers from across the region turned out in style.

Overcast skies didn’t dampen the revellers' spirits as they enjoyed champagne and strawberries.

Race fans enjoyed hospitality in marquees around the Gosforth Park racecourse and it gave ladies the chance to dress up and show off their designer dresses and headwear.

Personal assistant Angie Coutts, 44, of Whitburn, Sunderland, said: “The atmosphere is fantastic. Everyone has made a real special effort to get dressed and look glamorous.

“This is the North East’s Royal Ascot and everyone has got their best dresses on with fascinators or hats. There are 16 of us who meet up and we’re having a great time. We’ve got the Pimms and white wine out and we’ve been putting on a few bets.

“Everyone has won something so its been a wonderful day.”

IT lecturer Michelle Taylor, 50, of South Shields, South Tyneside, put on her black and white spot frock and matching fascinator to attend the races.

The mum of two said: “It’s fabulous to see everyone has put on their best outfits to come here. It’s nice to look around to see the different fashions while everyone is having fun.”

Julie Sehat, 52, who runs Avanti Restaurant in Jesmond, joined her friends for the races.

She said: “I have been coming here for the past four years and this is the best year for fashion.

“Everyone has made a brilliant effort, you could spend months just looking at everyone’s clothes.”

Student Alex Shiels, of Swarland, in Northumberland, used the day to cheer up her 69-year-old grandmother, Anne Freeman.

“Nana lost grandad to cancer in March so I decided to bring her along to see her smile again.

“It was worth every bit of it to see her happy again. She’s back to her old self again.”

Alex was also joined by mum Joanne, 49, and aunt Nicola Kerr, 46.

The plate has been running since its beginnings on the Town Moor in 1833 and is recognised as one of the leading horse races in the world.

Northumberland Plate Day is the finale of the three-day Plate Festival and attracts the biggest crowds.

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