Sales of blister plasters and crates of booze rocketed...and every third woman had a strange feathery creation on her head. It can only mean one thing - race day in the city of Chester.
The horses weren’t the only ones sweating at Saturday’s Roman Day event; the hot weather meant sizzling skin and shiny brows on the thousands of race-goers at The Roodee – Britain’s oldest racecourse.
Last week a sales assistant in Boots told me that sales of packs of blister remedies rocket in the week before race day – and there were plenty of sore-looking feet emerging for a breather from towering high heels on the day.
The air in Chester really does hiss with tension and excitement during race events – The Roodee and York’s offering are the only racecourses actually within cities – and the streets are awash with glamorous revellers before and after the big event (including myself and fellow ed, Cathy Baldwin; check us out here: http://twitpic.com/1quz2y).
And just like the sale of sore-feet remedies, hotel prices and demand also soar for race events, so book well ahead.
There are still tickets for this summer’s race events. See www.chester-races.co.uk for dates and prices. You can also follow the racecourse on Twitter - @ChesterRaces – for all the latest information. The next event is ladies’ evening on Friday June 25, followed on Saturday 26 by the Midsummer Meeting.
It’s a great day out, enjoyed by old and young, drunk and sober, gambler and non-gambler. I’m not particularly well-versed in the art of gambling, but clearly winners’ luck was on my side and I walked away (on sore feet) with £250 winnings.