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4 December 2023


Racing’s human welfare charity Racing Welfare is once again bringing festive cheer for all to Newmarket this Christmas, with their popular annual Carol Concert returning on Wednesday 13th December at Tattersalls.


The Newmarket Town Band will take centre stage in the main sales ring, accompanied by local school choirs from St Louis Catholic Academy, Paddocks Primary School and Newmarket Academy. Guests will also be treated to performances from star soloists Fred Fellowes and Lily Bravery.


The evening will be hosted by Cotswold-based Cheltenham Festival and Listed Flat winning racehorse trainer Richard Phillps, and Father Christmas will also be in attendance with his ponies. Attendees will be able to take part in a cash raffle, with a range of prizes on offer, donated by local businesses.


The family-friendly event raises vital funds for the charity’s chaplaincy service, which supports people working in the horseracing industry in times of pain, loss, trauma or need. As such, the concert will be closed by racing’s chaplain Pastor Simon Bailey, a familiar face to many in the town.


Simon said: “For me, the annual carol concert is one of the highlights in the calendar each year and one I look forward to immensely. Not only is it a wonderful, festive occasion, it also brings together the local community and schools with the racing industry which is such a big part of Newmarket. We’re very grateful as ever to Tattersalls for providing the perfect venue for that to happen.


“Racing chaplaincy serves a community of racing’s workforce as well as the wider community of Newmarket. The opportunities to engage with people on a daily basis are huge and it is a privilege to be a part of these communities. This event raises funds for this service and will help to ensure chaplaincy support will continue to be provided to those who are in need. These services include bereavement support and counselling through a non-judgmental listening process.”


Tickets for the event are just £7 for adults and free for under 12s.  Doors open at 6.15pm for a 6.45pm start. Adult tickets include a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on arrival. 
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