RaW goes racing at Newbury
By Andy Stevenson
After successful events at the Madejski Stadium, Smallmead and Basingstoke Ice Arena, the BBC's Reading and Writing (RaW) campaign donned its jodhpurs for a day at Newbury Racecourse.
On a rare sunny day this summer, crowds flocked to the RaW tent at Newbury Racecourse on the venue's recent Community Race day.
The campaign is aimed at improving adult literacy by encouraging parents to read to their children.
Even one of the jockeys was entranced by the story
Sat in a bright red tent next to the parade ring, professional storyteller Mike O'Leary entertained countless families seeking an enjoyable yarn and some shade!
Dozens of you wrote limericks about horseracing or short accounts of your day at Newbury, competing for prizes donated by the Racecourse management.
Mike Brook and his enthusiastic team from the West Berkshire Library Service were out in force displaying racing books, recruiting new members and handing out copies of the ever-popular RaW Max and Lara pack.
Graeme Murty (left) and the Mayor of Newbury
Visitors to the RaW tent included BBC 5Live's racing correspondent Luke Harvey, the captain of Reading Football Club Graeme Murty and the Mayor of Newbury, Councillor Adrian Edwards.
One of the competing jockeys even stopped by the tent to help with a story, much to the delight of young and old.
last updated: 22/08/07