Thursday 26 May 2022

SAFETY concerns raised by jockeys forced the abondonment of yesterday’s meeting at Beverley Racecourse after just four races. According to the Racing Post there was a lengthy delay after riders raised issues regarding the alignment of the bend leaving the back straight and the turn into the home straight. While no horses or jockeys were hurt, several horses were reported to have slipped.

A delegation, including jockeys, inspected the course and after lengthy deliberations the meeting was abandoned just after 4pm, with the jockeys still not satisfied that it was safe for racing despite attempts at modifying the track. According to the paper, Beverley racecourse chief executive Sally Iggulden said: “We moved the bend on to fresh ground and it’s a move we do every year two or three times. Unfortunately, we had a lush growth of grass recently and had a sharp shower before racing. We haven’t watered for this meeting and the rest of the track was riding great. Unfortunately, it wasn’t felt to be safe and that’s of most importance.”

She said: “In the 22 years I’ve been here we’ve never had to abandon due to safety concerns mid-meeting,” but she she was confident this Saturday’s meeting would go-ahead as normal.

Head teacher Michael Loncaster (left) with Graham Stuart MP

BEVERLEY MP Graham Stuart visited Molescroft Primary School to join in with their Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Mr Stuart spoke at morning assembly and was then given a tour of the activities for the school’s Platinum Jubilee Party Day, which included a mini fun fair, a street party lunch and a range of traditional party games.

Following Graham’s visit, Head teacher Michael Loncaster, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Graham back to Molescroft, the children thoroughly enjoyed his visit. They got to know him in our special assembly as he talked about his work and the role of the Queen.  This broke the ice before he then toured the school and grounds to chat warmly with the children enjoying a fabulous platinum party day.”

A NEW publicly-accessible digital archive has been unveiled by East Riding Council, allowing more than 400,000 historic items from 1185 to the present day to be viewed. Called Preservica, East Riding is the first local authority in Yorkshire to make its records available in this way, allowing local history researchers to access the information easily from their homes, for free.

The new public Digital Archive can be accessed at It is now possible to browse the wide range of material available, from recent and past events to information and images showing the East Riding community, landmarks, and businesses over the years.

For more information about Preservica, how the digital archive works, which industries are using it and how, visit