Race’s anniversary event to create a stir
It may not quite be the race that stops the nation, but after 120 years, the Marble Bar Cup still creates a stir in the North West each year.
Formed in 1893, the Marble Bar Race Club is still going strong and preparations are under way for the 2013 race day, to be held on Saturday, July 6.
Club secretary Cheryl Fowler said there were a lot of conflicting stories, and not many hard facts about the club’s origin.
“All we know for certain is the club was formed 120 years ago, but the first race wasn’t held until 1894, ” she said.
“Anything else is hearsay.”
Ms Fowler said after a few “hiccups” last year, an early start to planning this year meant the coming race day would be one of the best yet. “We had a few problems last year with bar lines and a burst water pipe, but this year we’re back on track and it will be great, ” she said.
“We’re aiming to get The Wolfe Brothers, Lee Kernaghan’s backing band, to play on the Saturday night, and we’ll have the usual fireworks and celebration afterwards.”
To celebrate the anniversary, attendees to the races ball, to be held on the Friday night, will be asked to turn up in their 1893 best.
Ball organiser Annabelle Coppin said the vintage theme would celebrate 120 years of racing in Marble Bar.
“We want to make it feel how the ball was 120 years ago when it first began, ” she said.
“It’s a great chance to celebrate Marble Bar’s history and all the people who have enjoyed the ball over that time.
“We have a great line-up of live music and plan to do some more research of the time back then for features.”
While the races may have 120 years of history behind them, Ms Fowler said more sponsorship was always appreciated.
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