Pop legends Bananarama feature at Pontefract’s first evening race meeting

On the track, the highlight is the six furlong �20,000 EBF Youngsters Conditions Stakes. Picture: Alan Wright.
On the track, the highlight is the six furlong �20,000 EBF Youngsters Conditions Stakes. Picture: Alan Wright.

THE First of Pontefract’s three evening meetings this season is 80s Night this Friday, May 26.

It’s the first of two music nights - the other being on July 21 - and with pop legends Bananarama playing straight after the last race, it promises to be the best 80s Night yet.

Bananarama have been big news in recent weeks after it was announced that the original line up would be reforming.

While Siobhan Fahey will rejoin the band in November, the remaining duo will take to the stage after the last race.

Bananarama are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year .

They have an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female band world wide with the most charting singles, all of which were international hits, four hitting the US Billboard top 10 including a number one with Venus.

They also performed on two of the Band Aid singles.

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

On the track, the highlight is the six furlong £20,000 EBF Youngsters Conditions Stakes.

With an impressive list of previous runners, including last years winner, Yalta, it always attracts some precocious juveniles looking to stake their claim for Royal Ascot glory the following month.

Constant Security Services provide the uniformed officers on duty on racedays at Pontefract and they sponsor two races on the card.

Alpha Delphini ran in one of their races last year (finishing a close third) and went on to be just touched off in a group three race at Newbury at the end of the season.

The final race on the card is a maiden race for three year olds, run in honour of Ken Sutton’s 70th birthday.

His friends and family will be out in force to raise a glass for his special day and cheer home a winner. Get Up And Dance was the appropriately named winner of this race last year and there’ll be plenty of racegoers doing just that in 2017 when Bananarama take to the stage.

If punters are bringing the car to this meeting, they can pick up a voucher for two free bottles of Harrogate Spa spring water.

People should keep an eye out for the Pontefract team handing out vouchers in the car parks.

Vouchers can be redeemed at any of the ‘designated driver’ points around the tacecourse.

It’s promises to be a fantastic night of great racing, laughter, music and 80s nostalgia and many racegoers will be taking advantage of the fact that the dress code is relaxed on this night when they pick out their best fancy dress outfit and hope to pick up one of the spot prizes provided by tiesplanet.com.

There are just a few discounted tickets still available.

The premier enclosure badges are currently £22 while the grandstand and paddock enclosure tickets are £10. Both prices include the concert after racing.

Entrance tickets bought on the night will be full price (£24 and £16 respectively) so it is wise to buy tickets before the night.

Advance tickets can be purchased via the racecourse website at www.pontefract-races.co.uk or over the phone on 01977 781307.