Monday, 10 September 2012
Duke and Duchess of Rothesay to visit Ayr Racecourse on Ladies Day
By: Iain Ferguson
THEIR Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will be guests of honour at the William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Race Day (Ladies Day) at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 21 September.
The fixture, the middle day of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Scotland’s biggest flat racing meeting, will raise funds for Dumfries House, the stately home and estate on the outskirts of Cumnock saved for the nation by the Duke.
Each of the seven races that afternoon will be individually sponsored by major companies with all monies from this sponsorship going to the charity set up to run the various heritage-led regeneration projects attached to Dumfries House.
During the day’s racing the Duke and Duchess will be invited to present the trophy for William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Ayrshire Handicap Stakes, the feature race of the afternoon.
Each of the race sponsor’s contribution to the day will go towards work in education and community facilities at Dumfries House. Each donor will also become a Friend of Dumfries House, and receive regular updates to show how the money is benefiting the project and making a lasting difference to the local community.
In addition to William Hill, the other companies supporting the event are Huntswood, City Facilities Management, The Shadwell Stud, Stena Line and the Dunne Group.
Alan Macdonald (pictured above), Chairman of Ayr Racecourse commented: “It is a great honour to have the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay attending a meeting at Ayr Racecourse.
“We are delighted to play a part in helping raise funds to support the various projects at Dumfries House.”
In 2007 HRH Prince Charles under his title as the Great Steward of Scotland, headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to purchase Dumfries House, its contents and adjoining land, in order to keep it intact and accessible to the public.
Initiatives such as craft skills workshops, a Youth United bunkhouse and associated activity courses, a walled garden and education gardens, a cook school and Prince’s Trust ‘Get into’ programmes have been introduced and will grow over the coming years.
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.