12:02PM, Tuesday 28 May 2013
Fireman Sam was the guest of honour as thousands enjoyed a family fun day in glorious sunshine at the Royal Windsor Racecourse yesterday.
The Maidenhead Road course played host to a Bank Holiday programme packed with eight flat races and a host of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Children were treated to funfair rides, face painting and a tag rugby zone, while the Royal Berkshire Fire and Service were joined by Fireman Sam to meet with youngsters and let them try on the uniform.
Older visitors enjoyed a punt on some top quality racing, while former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne paid a visit to celebrate his 46th birthday.
Beth Greener, marketing and PR executive at the racecourse, estimated about 7,000 people stopped by to enjoy the fun on the day.
She added: "We've had beautiful weather and it's really turned into a proper family event. We've had a number of birthday parties and celebrations and even had a wedding."
More family fun days are planned over the summer.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
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