Probably one of the best sights on Saturday last were the
faces of the army personnel on duty when 50 visitors attended Ascot Ladies
Day, at Mae Rim Race course. Dropped jaws and double-takes were everywhere
when the ladies in the party arrived, wearing hats that would not embarrass
royalty at the celebrated Ascot Race Day in England.
took it more seriously than others epitomized by Robert Tilley who brought
not only his wife (with hat behind him) but also his binoculars.
For readers who are not aware of this tradition, for one
race meeting in the year’s calendar of events, this day is for the ladies.
It allows, and encourages, ladies to wear their best outfits, but more
importantly their favorite or most outrageous hats. This ensures a spot on
the 6 p.m. news on the B.B.C!!
To raise funds for junior cricket in Chiang Mai it was
decided to ‘borrow’ the idea. The officials at the racecourse, although
they thought we were mad, smiled and said yes. The army could not have been
more helpful, they even white-washed the ‘Royal Box’ before our arrival!
In true Thai tradition they even reduced the cost of entrance and gave us
programs to sell to our guests, as it was for charity. They might not have
understood our idea, but they understood why we were doing it, and that was
all that mattered.
excitement mounts as the horses cross the finish. Did I lose or did I win?
Everyone entered the spirit of the day (some more
literally than others!) and it was a truly magical afternoon. The ladies
looked stunning, with many hours having gone into the designing and making
of the hats.
left) Carol Street, organizer of the outrageous day at the races, Linda
Buck, Erica Crutchley and Sabrina and Savana.
Chiangmai Mail’s Marion Vogt wore the most outrageous
hat - there were no European greetings of kisses on the cheek, no one could
get that close, but first prize went to Ruth Eastmond, who not only had a
different hat for every race, but she had hand made every one of them.
champagne, strawberries and cucumber sandwiches and hats. (From left) Lilay
Wunnenberg, Lindy Pohl, Ruth Eastmond, Cheyrl Penney and Erica Crutchley.
Despite that hats, some of the ladies nearly lost their
shirts, losing on every single race, but others went home at least 1,000
baht better off. However, the main winners on the day were the children. The
total raised for the children was 13,000 baht.
A big thank to the army for allowing us to hold this
function. Our biggest thank you is reserved for the guests that attended,
without you these fundraising events could not work.
Look forward to seeing you all at the next event. Sunday,
February 27th at the Gymkhana Glub, ‘Everything stops for Tea’. For
further information contact Linda Buck on thai bucks 2003 @loxinfo.co.th or
telephone 07 191 3807.