Huge discounts for Pontefract racegoers who buy early tickets

Bananarama's Sara Dallin (left) and Keren Woodward.
Bananarama's Sara Dallin (left) and Keren Woodward.

Pontefract racecourse are offering punters a huge discount if they buy their tickets early for the 2017 season which starts on Tuesday, April 11.

When tickets go on sale at 9am today (Thursday), racegoers will get 50 per cent off the normal price of premier enclosure badges and grandstand and paddock enclosure tickets when they book their tickets between December 1 and January 16. The huge saving applies to all Pontefract’s race meetings in 2017 with the exception of the popular 80s Night which has a slightly different pricing scale.

The 80s Night meeting is fast becoming one of the most established race meetings in the Pontefract racing calendar and the popular event will be bigger and better than ever before in 2017.

On Friday evening, May 26, the racecourse will welcome one of the biggest British acts of the 80s.

Bananarama are celebrating their 35th anniversary next year and their achievements speak for themselves.

They made two Band Aid appearances and have an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female band worldwide with the most charting singles.

They had a string of international hits with four hitting the US Billboard Top 10, including a number one with Venus.

To date, they have had 32 top 40 UK hits, released 10 albums and sold in excess of 30 million records.

They became hot property across the world with hits such as ‘I Heard a Rumour’, ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ and ‘Love in the First Degree.’

On Friday, May 26, they will be at Pontefract racecourse to play at the highly popular 80s Night meeting.

Following on from the success of the first music night at Pontefract in 2016, both Friday evening race meetings in 2017 will be music nights.

The racecourse will welcome back Cheryl, Mike and Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz, to play at the Red Shirt Night and Beer Festival on Friday, July 21.

The band had 11 top 20 singles during the 1980s including ‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat’, ‘New Beginning’ and ‘Now Those Days Are Gone’.

They had three massive number ones - ‘Land of Make Believe’, ‘Making Your Mind Up’ and ‘My Camera Never Lies’ - the first two of which made it in to the top 50 best selling singles of the decade in the UK. They sold in excess of 15 million records, spending 219 weeks in the UK charts alone.

The Friday Night Music Night Series promises to promote Pontefract races to a much wider audience and with the number of available tickets limited, racegoers are encouraged to secure their place early.

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