WOMEN will be donning their biggest hats and most glamorous dresses next week at Musselburgh’s racing event of the year – Ladies’ Day.
Fashion, fixtures and fizz will be high on the agenda for any lady lucky enough to have a ticket for the big day.
The racecourse has played host to many a great day out over the years – from serious fixtures to family days out featuring a host of animals, and even a human competitor.
August 1970 saw an air of family fun at the racecourse during the Donkey Derby.
Linda Bain just pipped Jacqueline McNair to the post in a photo finish.
Not to be out-done by a few donkeys, camels got in on the action at the racecourse in October 2004.
Students John Burke and Annette Levey were photographed on camel-back during the National Hump event, which drew students from across the city.
And in February 2000, 18-year-old Olympic hopeful Roddy Pitt took on the thoroughbred Leith Sands in a man v horse race.
Pitt was soundly beaten over 100 metres by the seven-year-old horse. In fact, by the time the finish line was crossed, the contest had become a rout, with jockey Adrian Scholes almost having to slow down his mount to avoid embarrassment.
But racing events at Musselburgh are not always such fun or glamorous affairs – it does of course have more than its fair share of serious race days, and it wasn’t too long ago that race days were dominated by men.
Musselburgh Races’ annual spring meeting back in April 1964 was a far more sombre affair than Ladies Day.
Nearly 10,000 punters turned out for the popular fixture – many clad in bowler hats and long overcoats.