LADIES Day at the races is a highly anticipated event, an opportunity for women to dress up and soak up the sun.

Brighton Racecourse held its annual Ladies Day yesterday, August 4, and the warm, sunny weather was perfect for glamorous racing fans.

Brighton hosts the event on the first Thursday of each year of its Festival of Racing and said an average of 1,500 bottles of Prosecco are consumed with 1,000 bowls of fresh strawberries.

The August festival is said to be “the perfect reason to get a group of your loved ones together and enjoy a day.”

These pictures show that is exactly what many women have been doing, they can be seen laughing and enjoying the sun with big smiles on their faces.

Although there is no formal dress code for the event, most attendees opted to wear floral dresses and heels accompanied by fascinators and hats.

One of the women sunbathing was Caroline Murphy from Epsom in Surrey, she was dressed in 1940s style and wore a dress she had bought from a museum near Birmingham accompanied by a parasol.

She said: “Oh, that was wonderful, the sun is shining, it’s beautiful.

“A lot of people liked my outfit, the dress is probably 80 years old now and I got lots of compliments.

“There are so many people here, it’s lovely. I love Brighton Racecourse.”

To encourage chic fashion, the racecourse also held style prizes for thousands of spectators to put on their best shoes to impress the judges.

The judges used photos taken from the wall of flowers and by the designated “spotter” in the crowd to decide who won the prize.

This year, the finalists for Best Dressed Lady were Gill, Letitia and Maria.

The Argus: Gill, Letitia and Maria.  Photo: Simon DackGill, Letitia and Maria. Photo: Simon Dack

Gill won and took home the grand prize of £500.

Ladies’ Day has been around since the 1800s, when women enjoyed discounted race ticket prices.

The term dates back to 1823, when an anonymous poet described Thursday at Royal Ascot as “Ladies Day… when women, like angels, look divinely sweet”.

Across the UK, many racecourses make Ladies’ Day synonymous with other fashion competitions such as best dressed woman, best hat and best dressed couple.

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This notice was published: 2022-08-05 07:05:27