Friday, November 18, 2005

The Sport of Kings

The Derby Day Races

All classes mixed at Derby week which was both a fair and a race week. Sellers of food and drink with trays slung round necks catered for the masses. Derby Day was held at Epsom racecourse and was a wonderful holiday in May or sometimes June. Weather could be fine and sunny or wet and if not too bad the races went ahead. Then in 1859 to amazement snow fell before and during the race. This has been the only time in history snow has fallen during the Derby.

Racing, the sport of kings, was much loved by the masses. The races gave the poor an opportunity to enjoy their favourite pastimes of skittles, sparring and boxing.

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