Fun and funds at the races


Acting Up in Rye is  tempting you to gamble on the horses.

It doesn’t have to be horses – try pig racing!

On Saturday February 20,  Acting Up are having a fund raising Race Night. I went to one in Rye Harbour, a few years ago, at the William the Conquerer pub. It was hilarious and I even won a couple of races.

Real horse races are shown on screen, but with the horses identified only by numbers. Place your bets please, ladies and gentlemen: the betting system is similar to the Tote and the odds are calculated once all the bets(for this event, just 50p a bet) are in. If you are feeling flush you can ‘buy’ a horse and give it a name, or even sponsor a race. This does, of course, have a cost attached to it but, in the event of a winner, the returns will be correspondingly greater.

While it is not the same as being at a live race course, it is still very exciting watching your horse on the screen, cheering it on to win, only to see it possibly fall back or stumble. It gets very noisy with people shouting and laughing. Got a winner? Excellent! Now just go to the ‘bookies’ and collect your winnings – and probably lose them backing a donkey in the next race.

This is wonderful way to spend a fun night with friends and raise money for a good cause.

The Race Night is being held at Tilling Green Community Centre on Saturday February 20 with doors open from 7pm, and the starting gun fired at 7:30pm. Bring your own food and drink and there will be a prize for the best “Ascot hat “.

For more details call 07766211220 or visit the website.


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