By Abby Rugg
RACING’S past may soon be re-lived thanks to the creation of a national heritage centre.
The building of Home of Horseracing National Heritage Centre – which will cost £14.3 million – was approved by members of the Forest Heath District Council on Thursday.
Subject to the final piece of funding, the creation in Newmarket’s High Street has been described as a tourist destination for UK and International visitors.
It is estimated 40,000 to 50,000 visitors could flock to the centre every year, bringing in £1.8m a year to the town.
The centre, which could open in 2015, will include new galleries in the Palace House stables and Trainer’s House as well as a temporary exhibition gallery, a larger library and educational facilities.
Horses would be allowed to be shown for the first time because the site’s Rothschild Yard will be restored as a flagship home for the Retraining of Racehorses charity.
It certainly is a great scheme for horse racing. I think it will give the sport a boost and attract people of all ages, which may even inspire a generation.
It isn’t every day you hear of these schemes go on for racing, and that it why I have decided to write about it for my weekly blog.
More encouragement needs to be given to projects like this, not just for racing but for all sports.